Descendants of All Worlds

Letter of support from Mayor of London, Ken Livingston

Dear Mrs. Sarkar

 I would like to commend the tremendous work being carried out by your students of the Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre who have formed the photo-editing and design team in connection with the exhibition ‘Chandra’s London – a Descendants of All Worlds story’ which has just opened at Whitechapel Underground Station.

 I understand they have played a central role in the presentation of the story on the station and that you hope to show the exhibition at City Hall. I look forward to seeing it if it does come.

 I have also heard they will be picture editing all new ‘Descendants of All Worlds’ stories over the coming year which will be circulated nationwide to the many cities and counties who have been inspired by the project initiated by Transport for London and Heartstone in London. How a story in pictures is told is as important as the pictures themselves and I am also aware of how exceptional such a role is for the women who are involved in this project who have brought their own experiences and insights to this task.

 This story is going to reach many thousands of people who use the station for whom it will ‘open a door’ into the Muslim society, particularly youth culture, helping to break down misconceptions and prejudices placed as it is in the context of London overall and the many different cultures who have their homes here. The pictures presented are a powerful route through which to demonstrate as Heartstone says, that we have more similarities than differences. At this moment in time, this is a much needed message and could not be more appropriate to demonstrate how important our transport networks are to everyone and how we value all those who use it.

I understand there are plans to extend this story into other parts of the Underground network which means this message will reach an even greater number of people, something the Hopscotch Photo-editing and Design Team can be genuinely proud that they are a part of.

I would like to wish you and all at Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre the best of luck in future endeavours.

Yours sincerely,



Ken Livingstone
Mayor of London