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Book Talk: The 1947 Partition of British India: Forced Migration and its Reverberations

 (in collaboration with the Harvard Club of UAE and the Ismaili Centre Dubai)


Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 6.00 to 8.00 pm UAE Time

Venue: The Ismaili Centre, Dubai (Location)

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About the Talk:

The 1947 Partition of British India remains the largest instance of forced migration in the recorded human history. Over 75 years on, the partition continues to be central to modern identity in the Indian subcontinent. Etched painfully onto regional consciousness, it influences how the people and states of postcolonial South Asia envisage their past, present, and future.

In “The 1947 Partition of British India: Forced Migration and Its Reverberations”, faculty members from Harvard University under the aegis of Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University brought together researchers from various disciplines from the three impacted countries — India, Pakistan and Bangladesh — to develop a nuanced understanding of the consequences of Partition and its impact on the people of the region. This discussion will mark the in-region release of this book on Partition and provides an opportunity to reflect on how this massive event has shaped the subcontinent’s cultural, economic, political and social dimensions including architecture, art, demographics, language, and music.

Dr. Jennifer Leaning (Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and retired Professor of the Practice at Harvard School of Public Health) will unpack the complexities of the far-reaching violent legacy of the Partition in conversation with Mr. Hitesh Hathi (Executive Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute).