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QM South Asia Forum

1 November 2018

Speaker, Gyan Prakash, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, Princeton University.

Lecture Abstract: On the night of June 25, 1975, Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency in India, suspending constitutional rights and rounding up her political opponents in midnight raids across the country. In the twenty-one harrowing months that followed, her regime unleashed a brutal campaign of coercion and intimidation, arresting and torturing people by the tens of thousands, razing slums, and imposing compulsory sterilization on the poor. In spite of this searing experience, the Emergency has received little historical study. Stripping away the comfortable myth that this authoritarian turn was a momentary episode brought on entirely by Indira's crisis of power, this paper argues that the political crisis was long in the making and was a turning point in the history of India’s democracy. It focuses on the stories of the imprisonment of leaders to illustrate how this moment raised searching questions about the meanings of public and personal freedom.

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BASAS Statement on Bhima-Koregaon Case

BASAS wishes to condemn the arbitrary and unwarranted arrest and harassment of academics, lawyers, writers and poets in the Bhima-Koregaon case. Whilst none should be above the law, due process - which has always been a cornerstone of the Indian judiciary – has been bypassed in these cases. We are concerned about the attempts to muzzle dissent in the world’s largest democracy and we stand in solidarity with those who have consistently and courageously spoken up for the rights of the marginalised.

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Event: Muslim Cultures in the Indian Ocean: Diversity and Pluralism, Past and Present

12 to 14 September 2018, Aga Khan Centre, London

This conference aims to explore the diversity of Muslim cultures prevalent in the Indian Ocean region where, historically, Muslims have interacted for centuries with each other and with other peoples and cultures. Islam not only provided the scaffolding that facilitated cultural exchanges but was also the pivot for transforming local societies. The conference seeks to bring together experts from different disciplines and backgrounds including archaeologists, historians, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, and scholars of related disciplines to explore various facets of this diversity. This conference marks a reconnaissance of the Indian Ocean not as a periphery but as a centre for the study of Muslim cultures.

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Job: Open Rank in History

Open Rank in History, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

Deadline: 31st December 2018

The Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan invites applications for a full-time faculty position in History. Candidates with a PhD and with a strong grounding in modern/early modern world history will be preferred. The appointment will be made at Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank based upon the candidate’s degree, record of research and publications, and previous teaching experience.


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