Division and Repression: India at 75
The Institute for African Alternatives and Surplus Radical Books invites you to this critical and informative discussion that seeks to unpack the current social and political crisis that has unfolded in India as this vast and strategic country celebrates its 75th year of independence.
Seventy-five years ago, as India obtained independence from colonial rule, it was also partitioned along religious lines. The partition displaced twelve million people; one million people died; and, some 75,000 women were raped and abducted. India today is being split from within by those who speak in its name, in the name of Hindu nationalism, its majority religion, and the majority population. Organized purveyors of hate and violence inside and outside the state believe that the business of partition remains unfinished. How do we understand their emergence? Where might this division and repression take the Indian subcontinent?
This hybrid event will consist of a brief screening and presentations by Mahmoud Patel, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of the Western Cape, and Dr. Ruchi Chaturvedi, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town.