In 1997, fifty years after India and Pakistan were declared independent and sovereign nation-states, Sunil Khilnani wrote his book ‘The Idea of India’ in which he declared “Of the many possible ideas of India, The Idea of India makes the case for one in particular because it is the only one that can enable other ideas to emerge…” Khilnani further argued that it was the historical responsibility of the political leadership to see that idea realised.
After another two decades, it has become clear now that such an assertion may have been premature and one finds that there have been multiple and conflicting ideas about India, producing different kinds of nationalisms that are often in sharp conflict with each other.
Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty’s seminar will examine this tension with particular reference to the present.
The seminar will be followed by a panel discussion on South Asian Studies, particularly at the ANU. Dr. Shameem Black and Dr Moeen Cheema will present an overview of the changes in the fields of Literature, Culture Studies and Law in India and Pakistan and speak to new directions in the study of the subcontinent.
Dipesh’s seminar will be followed by a round table discussion. Please feel free to bring lunch – tea, coffee and snacks will be provided.
Registration is free and essential via Eventbrite.