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The Persistent Legacy: The Partition of British India at 70

Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:30 pm

Location: Kellogg Center Lincoln Room

The Persistent Legacy: The Partition of British India at 70

The 1947 partition of British India led to an estimated million deaths and ten million displaced persons, created the modern states of Pakistan and India (and arguably Bangladesh at a later date), and left a perisitent legacy that shapes internal, regional and international politics to this day. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of British colonialism and the Partition and to examine its legacy in South Asian and beyond, James Madison College, Michigan State University will hold a symposium on Thursday, September 14, and Friday, September 15, 2017. 

The symposium kicks off on the evening of the 14th with a panel of leading scholars and public intellectuals who will examine the legacies of the end of British colonialism and the rupture of Partition for the region.  The keynoters for this evening will be Rajmohan Gandhi, Ramachandra Guha, and Vazira Zamindar.  Gandhi is the author of more than a dozen books on India’s history; he has served research professor at the University of Illinois’ Center for South Asian and Middle East Studies, as professor of history at Indian Institute of Technology in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, and as Hannah Visiting Professor here at Michigan State University.  Ramachandra Guha is a historian who has taught at Berkeley, Yale, Stanford, and the London School of Economics.  His is the author or editor of more than 15 books on topics ranging from cricket to environmental politics to Indian political leadership and social history, including the trailblazing Unquiet Woods and award winning Corner of a Foreign Field and India after Gandhi.  Professor Zamindar is a professor of South Asian history at Brown University where she co-directs the South Asian Studies Program.  She is the author of The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories as well as articles on the modern history of South Asia.  This panel will begin at 6:30 PM in the Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Center.