The Grand Trunk Project has been developed in partnership with faith leaders, community activists and facilitated by the Faiths Forum for London. Seeking inspiration from the ancient and unifying Grand Trunk Road (G.T. Road) which runs across the subcontinent, we aim to build common ground and open up a much needed dialogue.
2017 will mark 70 years since the independence of India and the creation of modern day Pakistan and Bangladesh. The happenings of 1947 are an important part of the cultural memory of the faith communities disproportionately affected, yet very little has been done to explore the impact. Despite being a divisive and emotional time for many, stories of altruism, bravery and courage have often been underrepresented.
Living in one of the most diverse societies in the world, much has been done to build bridges and develop lasting inter community relations. However, the historical, political and religious divides in the British Asian Faith communities have yet been explored in a relevant manner. The Grand Trunk Project is about opening up dialogue, rediscovering crucial stories of coexistence and developing lasting relationships in our communities that have been fractured.