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Reclaiming Azaadi: Decolonising the Partitions of 1947, Before and Beyond

Painting By Satish Gujral

Date: 11 May 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 11 May 2017Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Senate House Alumni Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Poetry Reading

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This year is being widely commemorated as the 70th anniversary of the partition of the 'sub-continent' most notably by official and nationalist perspectives. This event will highlight the fact that independence (or 'azaadi') was not won for the vast majority of people and that there are on-going exclusions, silences, violences, and separations that stem from colonisation and supposed decolonisation.

From the central parts of India  in U.P or Hyderabad to the borderlands of Punjab, Gujarat, Kashmir, Bengal, Sindh, the northeast and northwest 'frontiers' and beyond, there are ongoing connections, cultural production, and resistances which are often overlooked in the face of nationalism and communalised religious discourse on partition. 

This event is jointly organised by the SOAS Decolonising Our Minds Society and Sangat, with the support of the South Asia Institute. It aims to reflect critically on the power politics resulting out of the partition while highlighting expressions which disrupt the dominant narratives of 1947 in order to consider alternative ways of thinking about pasts, presents and futures.

Should you be interested in contributing a piece to the evening, please contact ahead of the event:

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Painting by Satish Gujral (b. 1925)

Organiser: Sangat & Decolonising Our Minds Society

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