International Studies & Programs

The Persistent Legacy: The Partition of British India at 70

The 1947 partition of British India led to an estimated million deaths and ten million displaced persons, created the modern states of Pakistan and India (and arguably Bangladesh at a later date), and left a persistent legacy that shapes internal, regional and international politics to this day


To commemorate and attempt to improve our understanding of this seminal event, James Madison College will host Rajmohan Gandhi, Ramachandra Guha, and Vazira Zamindar, three of the world’s leading experts on the partition and other central questions of South Asian history and contemporary politics to consider the political, cultural, environmental, agricultural, and developmental legacies in the partition era in South Asia.



September 14, 2017

Evening Panel

Lincoln Room, Kellogg Center

6:30 p.m. - Featuring Keynote Speakers Rajmohan Gandhi, Ramachandra Guha, and Vazira Zamindar


September 15, 2017

Symposium Sessions

Third floor international Center

8:30 - 10:00 am - The Lessons of Partition for India, South Asia, and the World

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Balancing Environment and Development in Independent India

1:00 - 2:30 pm - The Post-Partition Landscape in Literature, Arts and Culture

3:00 - 4:30 pm - Innovations in Agricultural R&D towards Sustainable Growth in South Asia


Co-sponsored by the India Council, Asian Studies Center, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. College of Arts & Letters, College of Education, Muslim Studies Program, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Office of the Vice President for Administrative Services, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, and Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.