In Solidarity

This is a message of support to all of you, our friends and colleagues and loyal supporters over the years.

We are deeply sorry for those of you who have lost loved ones in the last few days, or are struggling to get them medical help. We are sorry for those of you who may have caught the virus, and are suffering, not only from the illness but also from the anxiety and fear that accompanies it.

Wherever you may be, we want to let you know that you are not alone. We are afraid too, but we are with you in this battle. Be safe, wear double masks, and—if you are able to—then please help the community of volunteers and good samaritans in your city in any way that you can.

Please, please, be well. Stay well.

The History for Peace Newsletter –  April 2021 is out!

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In this newsletter we have for you:

  • The Shared Histories journal: freely available to download and access.
  • Two new teaching/learning resources on Migration: Migration and Film, and Migration and Literature drawing from the wealth of literature Seagull Books has brought to readers world over.
  • On the occasion of 50 years of Bangladesh, a four-part module on the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War that encourages students to explore the subject through the avenues of photography, songs, paintings and collectible ephemera.

For those of you who missed or would like to re-visit them, we have put together a quick recap of the events we have hosted so far this year:

  • Witness to Loss: Parasher’s Partition Sketches.
  • Our second museum learning series, Time Travelling through Art: Plassey to Partition, in collaboration with Achi Association and DAG Museums.

Along with the latest additions to our website

  • Ahimsa Conversations by Rajni Bakshi.
  • The Making of the Indian Constitution: A Focus on Process and Methods, by Arun Thiruvengadam.

Finally, we have for you a curated range of resources from across the web on Migration, and a window to exploring the topic beyond the classroom, in our This & That segment.


From our archives:
The Music of Stones: 700 Years of Adoption, Assimilation, Absorption and Appropriation—Sohail Hashmi
Read the full transcript of the talk here:…/the-music-of-stones…

‘In the eye of the Indian mason the hemisphere of the dome appeared as something that ended abruptly, there was nothing on top, it looked unfinished. And so began an exercise that lasted for 300 years: the masons continued to experiment, trying to decide what to place on top of the dome, to make it look complete. One of the things that they did was to cover the dome with lotus petals and you can see this in this image from the Mehrauli Archaeological Park.’—Sohail Hashmi

From our archives:
Faiz Ahmed Faiz: Life & Times – Salima Hashmi in Conversation with Kavita Panjabi

A conversation between artist and social activist Salima Hashmi—who is also the daughter of renowned Progressive Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz—and Kavita Panjabi, a university teacher who has shared her love of Faiz’s poetry with her Comparative Literature students for several years now. Salima recounts personal anecdotes of her father, especially in relation to his experiences of the two partitions of 1947 and 1971, and reads his poems in Urdu. Kavita reads them in English translation and also highlights the lasting power of his poetry, discussing how it has cut through mainstream political hostilities and enabled South Asians to see the poignant human face of the partitions through his eyes.

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71 years ago on 26 November, the Indian Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly, replacing the Government of India Act 1935 and imparting the nascent Indian nation constitutional supremacy. What better occasion to get your young ones introduced to this document if they haven’t been already? Here’s a wonderful reading Gulan and Jayant Kripalani recently put together for us of former Chief Justice Leila Seth’s 𝘞𝘦, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘢 (Puffin, 2010). Listen, re-familiarize, share.