‘Memories of the Partition’ was a special event hosted at the British Museum to mark 70 years since the Partition.
We’re delighted to be joined by a fantastic panel of speakers, experts in the field who will shed light on the happenings of 1947, life before the Partition and the impact on our society today. Professor Sarah Ansari, editor of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, History Professor at Royal Holloway, she has authored multiple books and journals looking at citizenship, the state and Partition. Professor Iftikhar Malik who teaches Modern History, looking at the British Empire and South Asian history and politics. He has authored multiple books, with a recent publication on South Asian Geo Politics and British South Asians. Dr Kim Wagner, a Senior Lecturer in British Imperial History, Teaching The History of Modern India, from 1757-1947 looking at the British Empire with his research and publications focused on British imperialism, conflict and culture and Fatima Rajina SOAS PhD student looking at the ethno-religious identity of British Bangladeshi Muslims. She was awarded the Princess Diana Memorial Award for her work in promoting diversity and social cohesion in a multi-cultural society.
This event highlighted how we united by our music with Sara Qazmi who performed Bulleh Shah’s ‘Ki Jaana Mein Kon’. Bulleh Shah was a Mughal-era Punjabi Islamic philosopher and Sufi poet, this song overcomes the labels or race, religion and cast, she was joined by Nayan Apadhyay on the tabla. Bulleh Shah lived in 18th Century Punjab and fiercely challenged religious orthodoxy in his poetry.