The Grand Trunk Road: From Delhi to the Khyber Pass

The Grand Trunk Road is the oldest, longest, and most famous highway in southern Asia. Through oral testimonies, photographs and texts this book explores its history, and shows why it was so crucial to the process of migration to Britain and how the close links between Britain and places along the road continue to this day. For millennia the Grand Trunk Road has been used by invaders to conquer the subcontinent. After the British arrived in the 17th century it became the main artery for their conquest and rule of the northern areas of British India. Known locally as the ‘GT Road’ it was also used by its residents to begin journeys that ended all over the world, and since the days of the British Raj large numbers of them have settled in Britain. Between Delhi and the Khyber Pass, the GT Road travels through the homelands of over 90% of British Pakistanis and the vast majority of British Sikhs and Hindus from the Indian Punjab. Using stories gathered by Irna Qureshi and photographs taken by Tim Smith this book tells, for the first time, the story of the profound impact of the British on the GT Road and its people, and how they in turn have irrevocably altered the fabric of modern day Britain.

Text: Qureshi Irna. pp. 120; hardcover. Publisher: Dewi Lewis, Stockport , 2011.

ISBN: 9781904587996| 1904587992
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The Grand Trunk Road is the oldest, longest, and most famous highway in southern Asia. Through oral testimonies, photographs and texts this book explores its history, and shows why it was so crucial to the process of migration to Britain and how the close links between Britain and places along the road continue to this day. For millennia the Grand Trunk Road has been used by invaders to conquer the subcontinent. After the British arrived in the 17th century it became the main artery for their conquest and rule of the northern areas of British India. Known locally as the ‘GT Road’ it was also used by its residents to begin journeys that ended all over the world, and since the days of the British Raj large numbers of them have settled in Britain. Between Delhi and the Khyber Pass, the GT Road travels through the homelands of over 90% of British Pakistanis and the vast majority of British Sikhs and Hindus from the Indian Punjab. Using stories gathered by Irna Qureshi and photographs taken by Tim Smith this book tells, for the first time, the story of the profound impact of the British on the GT Road and its people, and how they in turn have irrevocably altered the fabric of modern day Britain.

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