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Animosity at Bay: An Alternative History of the India-Pakistan Relationship, 1947-52

in partnership with South Asia Center and Perry World House

Pallavi Raghavan
Assistant Professor of International Relations, Ashoka University
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 10:00
A Virtual CASI Seminar via Zoom — 10:00am EDT | 7:30pm IST


About the Seminar:
Was a different outcome of the India-Pakistan relationship ever foreseeable? In this discussion, Dr. Pallavi Raghavan explores the processes that went into shaping the bilateral relationship between the two countries, forged in the shadow of partition. She will explore the contrasts between the approaches to the shaping of bilateral relations between the two states in the aftermath of the partition to those adopted today, while exploring the rationale that led to the two governments pursuing the possibility of a "No War Pact" and committing to the "Nehru-Liaquat Pact" for the well being of minority populations in Bengal.

About the Speaker:
Pallavi Raghavan is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Ashoka University. Her research areas include the international history of South Asia, India’s and Pakistan’s diplomatic history, as well as partition studies. She is also interested in the ways in which the teaching of history can contribute to narratives of commonality and peaceful coexistence in South Asia. Her book, A Resolvable Enmity: India and Pakistan’s Early Years was published by C. Hurst & Co. in 2019. Pallavi has published extensively in peer reviewed journals, including Modern Asian Studies and Economic and Political Weekly, as well as in several edited volumes on South Asia’s foreign relations. She has also contributed frequently to online news websites, including and Scroll. Pallavi received her doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge in 2012, and completed a Master’s in Modern Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University.