The Centre for Policy Research invites you to a book talk on: Animosity at Bay: An Alternative History of the India-Pakistan Relationship, 1947-52
Pallavi Raghavan, Assistant Professor, International Relations, Ashoka University
Sandeep Bhardwaj, Research Associate, CPR
About the Book:
In this groundbreaking book, Raghavan uses previously untapped archival sources to weave together new stories about the experiences of post-partition state-making in South Asia. Through meticulous research, it challenges the existing wisdom about the preponderance of animosity and the rhetoric of war. The book shows how amity and a spirit of cordiality governed relations between the states of India and Pakistan in the first five years after partition. Arguing that a hitherto overlooked set of considerations have to be integrated more closely into the analysis of bilateral dialogue, this book analyses the developments leading to the No War correspondence between Nehru and Liaquat Ali Khan, the signing of a ‘Minorities’ Pact between the two prime ministers, and the early stages of the Indus Waters negotiations, as well as exploring the calculations of Indian and Pakistani delegates at a series of interdominion conferences held in the years after partition.
About the Author:
Pallavi Raghavan is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Ashoka University, Delhi, where she researches on India's international history, and on the global history of partitions.
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. The seating at the venue can accommodate up to 60 people on a first come first serve basis.