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ZEE JLF kicks off at London's The British Library

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The edition of Indias popular Literature Festival "ZEE at The British Library" has kicked off, filling the historic spaces of Londons iconic literary venue and welcoming over 100 eminent authors and thinkers from across the globe.

The festival aims to showcase South Asia's literary heritage, multilingualism, oral traditions, performing arts, books and ideas.

At the inaugural address "Imagining Our Worlds" on Friday evening here, Sanjoy K. Roy, welcomed a packed house of attendees.

"is the capital of the arts world and it was important for us to set up a platform here to bring together authors to debate and discuss, and most importantly to dissent. It is through dissent that we create some kind of dialogue, and have a sense of everybody's point of view being expressed," he said.

said it was an "emotional moment" to see the opening of the festival at the after all the hard work of the year.

William Dalrymple, who is curating the festival along with Gokhale, observed that the annual literary event in is the largest literature festival in the world, with over half a million footfalls recorded this year.

The first session "India Sutra: Why I Am A Hindu" featured writer-politician in conversation with Gokhale.

Tharoor discussed the difference between the "vision" of Hinduism and its social practices, which he claimed is often "distorted" for political means.

He maintained that it is "wrong" to use Hinduism politically, and "there is the need to reclaim Hinduism" for its vision as a faith, "with ideas of life and purpose of this planet."

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 15:34 IST