Writer and activist Nikesh Shukla believes one person can make a difference. Drawing on the story of his uncle, who at huge personal cost became the first person to bring a case of racial discrimination under the 1965 UK Race Relations Act, Nikesh walks through the changing views of race and immigration in the UK. Fifty years later, Nikesh thinks that racism hasn’t got worse, but rather it has become emboldened to step out from the shadows. In this insightful conversation with Paul van Zyl, Nikesh also shines a spotlight on how he is combating racism through diversity activism and increasing the representation of diverse people in books, on stage and on our screens. Nikesh is the editor of the bestselling essay collection, The Good Immigrant, which won the reader’s choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards and co-edited The Good Immigrant USA with Chimene Suleyman (2019). He is also the author of three critically acclaimed novels The One Who Wrote Destiny, Meatspace and Coconut Unlimited; two YA novels, Run, Riot and The Boxer; and co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency.

Paul van Zyl served as the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He co-founded the International Centre for Transitional Justice, and The Conduit, a home for those committed to improving the world by harnessing the power of creativity and entrepreneurship. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Nikesh Shukla

Writer, editor and novelist

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