1st Edition

India at 70 Multidisciplinary Approaches

Edited By Ruth Maxey, Paul McGarr Copyright 2020
    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    India at 70: Multidisciplinary Approaches examines Indian independence in August 1947 and its multiple afterlives. With nine contributions by a range of international scholars, it interrogates 1947 and its complex, bloody aftermath in historical, political and aesthetic terms. This original collection conceives of Indian independence in bold and innovative ways by moving across national boundaries and disciplinary, geopolitical and linguistic landscapes; and by examining a wealth of under-researched primary material, both recent and historical. India at 70 is a unique and indispensable contribution to Indian history, literary and cultural studies.

    List of Contributors


    Ruth Maxey and Paul McGarr

    Part I Political and Historical Context: At Home and Abroad

    1 The Making of the New Kashmir Manifesto

    Andrew Whitehead

    2 Half-Widows and the Travesty of Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir

    Sohini Chatterjee

    3 The RSS’ "Village Republics"

    Rakesh Ankit

    4 Cartooning Politics: Reading the Daily Mail, Dawn and Hindustan Times

    Nassif Muhammed Ali

    Part II Aesthetic responses to Indian modernity

    5 The Experience of the Left Cultural Movement in India: 1942 to the Present

    Arjun Ghosh

    6 Contested Natures and Tribal Identities: Regional Nationalism as Ethnography – Re-reading Rajam Krishnan’s When the

    Kurinji Blooms

    Anita Balakrishnan

    7 Material Memory and the Partition of India: A Narrative Interview with Aanchal Malhotra

    E. Dawson Varughese

    8 Thinking Gender in 21st-century India: Reflections on Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back

    Sukeshi Kamra




    Ruth Maxey is Associate Professor in Modern American Literature at the University of Nottingham. She is the author of South Asian Atlantic Literature, 1970-2010 (2012) and Understanding Bharati Mukherjee (2019).

    Paul McGarr is Associate Professor in US Foreign Policy at the University of Nottingham and author of The Cold War in South Asia, 1945-1965 (2013). He is currently writing a book on the history of Anglo-American secret intelligence and security interventions in India and Pakistan.