Book Launch: Leena Dhingra

Leena Dhingra

Please join us at 6.30pm on Monday December 13th for the hybrid book launch of Leena Dhingra’s Exhumation: The Life and Death of Madan Lal Dhingra.

When you register, please specify whether you plan to attend at the Society ‘in person’ or ‘online only’.

You can register by emailing Matty Bradley at

Free and open to all at Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD.

On 17th August 1909, Madan Lal Dhingra was executed in Pentonville Prison for the assassination of Sir William Hutt Curzon Wyllie, a high-ranking official from the British India office. Viewed as a murderer in the UK, in India Madan Lal is seen as a great patriot, a freedom fighter, and a martyr. In 1976, his remains were exhumed, and his body returned to India. In Exhumation, Madan Lal’s great niece, the actor and writer Leena Dhingra, unravels and reveals his remarkable story.

Part history, part memoir, this is also the story of Leena’s journey to come to terms with this painful episode from her family’s past. Exhumation: The Life and Death of Madan Lal Dhingra is a compelling story of family secrets that throws light on the dark legacy of colonialism.