Oral history creates a rich world of storytelling around any type of collection. Its methods can also shape a museum’s relationships and core identity.
With new citizenship laws in India, the refugee is being used to determine the Indian citizen along religious lines. Ria Kapoor looks at how Partition in 1947 and the Pakistani refugee crisis of 1971 are shaping this process of redefinition.
As Kashmir’s special status is revoked by India, what can the idea of “kashmiriyat” tell us about the historical basis of Kashmiri identity?
Andrew Whitehead writes on the long and troubled history of the Indian relationship with Kashmir and its future directions, amidst the current violence and legal and political changes.
This August India celebrates 70 years of independence, but denotified and nomadic communities will commemorate their own anniversary: 65 years since the repeal of the Criminal Tribes Act, one of the British Empire’s most draconian and relatively unknown pieces of legislation.
Howard Brenton’s new play examines the last act of British rule in India, the dissection of the country in 1947 to create the independent nations of India and Pakistan.
Ayesha Jalal’s The Pity of Partition: Manto’s Life, Times, and Work across the India-Pakistan Divide, reviewed by Andrew Whitehead.