Legacies of Partition for India and Pakistan

  • Ian Talbot University of Southampton
Keywords: migration, ethnic nationalism, religious nationalism, Partition, violence

Abstract

South Asia’s political and socio-economic landscape has been greatly transformed in the seven decades since India and Pakistan achieved their independence. Nonetheless, many features are only explicable with reference to the legacies of the 1947 Partition. This essay traces these legacies with respect to ethnic and religious nationalism, state construction and the contrasting trajectories with respect to democratic consolidation. It argues that while the recent scholarship has acknowledged the enduring presence of the Partition on the lives of refugees and their descendants, accounts of its ongoing impact on statecraft are less developed. It is only when such legacies are analyzed that a fuller understanding is possible both of domestic developments and of the enduring rivalry between the two states.

Author Biography

Ian Talbot, University of Southampton

is a Professor of Modern British History at the University of Southampton where he was formerly Head of Department and Director of the Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies and Director of the Humanities Graduate School. He has published and researched extensively in the fields of Colonial Punjab History, the 1947 Partition of India and the History of Pakistan. His most recent publications include: A History of Modern South Asia: Politics, States, Diasporas (Yale 2016) and (with Tahir Kamran) Lahore in the Time of the Raj (Penguin, 2016).

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Published
2019-12-31
How to Cite
Talbot, Ian. 2019. “Legacies of Partition for India and Pakistan”. Politeja 16 (2(59), 7-25. https://doi.org/10.12797/Politeja.16.2019.59.01.