Sucheta Mahajan on 'Independence and Partition of India Reassessed'
Fri, September 21, 2012 • 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206
Sucheta Mahajan (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
The exit of the British from India took place against the background of eroding colonial power, a process heightened by the growing strength of the nationalist forces. The partition reflected the success and failure of the national movement—success in weakening colonial hegemony sufficiently to force the exit of the British, failure in not drawing in enough Muslims to the nationalist fold. These themes are worth re-examining in the light of newer trends in historiography and recent perspectives advanced by the Indian documentary series called Towards Freedom.
Sucheta Mahajan is Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Visiting Professor at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Her books include Independence and Partition: The Erosion of Colonial Power in India (2000); India's Struggle for Independence (with Bipan Chandra, 2000); and The Murder of Mahatma Gandhi (2008). She is an editor of the Towards Freedom forthcoming volume that will deal with the year 1947.