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The Persistent Legacy: The Partition of British India at 70
Thursday, 14 Sep 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lincoln Room, Kellogg Center
Asian Studies Center
Event Details:
This is a two day event.
Day 1: The Persistant Legacy: Evening Panel
Featuring Keynote Speakers Rajmohan Gandhi, Ramachandra Guha, and Vazira Zamindar
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 persistent legacy that shapes internal, regional and international politics to this day.
To commemorate and attempt to improve our understanding of this seminal event, James Madison College will host Rajmohan Gandhi, Ramachandra Guha, and Vazira Zamindar, three of the world's leading experts on the partition and other central questions of South Asian history and contemporary politics on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 6:30 PM in the Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Center.
The three visitors and leading MSU experts will gather on Friday on the third floor at the International Center beginning at 8:30am to consider the political, cultural, environmental, agricultural, and developmental legacies in the partition era in South Asia.
Rajmohan Gandhi is the author of more than a dozen books on India's history; he has served as research professor at the Univeristy 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. He 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. 
Vazira 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.