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.

chapter |11 pages


Framing India at 70

part 1|1 pages

Political and historical context: At home and abroad

chapter 3|14 pages

The RSS’s ‘Village Republics’

chapter 4|15 pages

Cartooning politics

Reading the Daily Mail, Dawn and Hindustan Times

part 1|1 pages

Aesthetic responses to Indian modernity

chapter 6|12 pages

Contested natures and tribal identities

Regional nationalism as ethnography – rereading Rajam Krishnan’s When the Kurinji Blooms

chapter 7|13 pages

Material memory and the Partition of India

A narrative interview with Aanchal Malhotra

chapter 8|13 pages

Thinking gender in 21st-century India

Reflections on Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back