The Centre for Policy Research is pleased to invite you to the second talk as part of the new 'Imagining Asia' series, on - Animosity at Bay: An Alternative History of the India–Pakistan Relationship, 1947–1952
Pallavi Raghavan, Assistant Professor, Ashoka University
Sandeep Bhardwaj, Research Associate, CPR
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About the book:
Animosity at Bay challenges the existing wisdom about the preponderance of animosity and the rhetoric of war in post-partition South Asia. 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. Prior to joining Ashoka, she has taught at OP Jindal University and worked as a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge in 2012, and completed a Masters in Modern Indian history at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
About the series:
CPR is delighted to introduce a new series entitled, 'Imagining Asia' aimed at examining opportunities and challenges for Indian foreign policy in the regions around it including South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and West Asia. In the last few years, Asia has witnessed dramatic geopolitical and economic shifts as globalisation is coming under increasing pressure and traditional balance of power structure is eroding. At this moment it is critical for India to reimagine its approach to these regions as the country seeks to play a more meaningful role as a force for stability and prosperity. This is not only necessary to safeguard India’s own material interests but also realise its growing ambitions to become a major actor on the international stage. This series will bring together scholars and policy practitioners from across Asia and beyond in conversations about strategic and economic issues pertaining to these regions and India’s role in them. Drawing expertise from a variety of fields including international relations, politics, economics, finance and history, the series hopes to create a new platform for exchange of ideas across regions as well as spark new discussions within India about the country’s role in the continent.