Author Aanchal Malhotra’s book ‘Remnants of Partition’ has been shortlisted for the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding. The annual prize, announced by the British Academy, celebrates non-fiction that illuminates the connections and divisions that shape cultural identity worldwide.
Judges shortlisted six books from 80 submissions, for the prize which is worth £25,000 (approx. 22.25 lakh INR). Besides Aanchal Malhotra, the other five authors to be selected are Julian Baggini for his book How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy, Kwame Anthony Appiah for his book The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity, Julia Lovell for Maoism: A Global History, Toby Green for A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution, and Ed Morales for Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture.
Chair of the jury Professor Ash Amin said: “The jury has selected a shortlist of six exceptional books that is far-reaching in scope, purpose and purchase. Each beautifully crafted book has been chosen for its meticulous and original research. It is a shortlist which we hope will spark curiosity, promote dialogue and inspire readers to look to other cultures to find answers to the big questions about the world today. These are the workings of great minds.” About Aanchal Malhotra’s work, the jury said it “offers an alternate history of the subcontinent through memories of unity echoed around handfuls of items carried between the new India and Pakistan”.
The winner of the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding will be announced at a ceremony in London’s British Academy on 30th October, including a panel discussion with the shortlisted writers. In 2018, the prize went to Kapka Kassabova for Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe.