Punjab Research Group

International Conference on History of Nonviolent Civil Resistance in Pakistan

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by Pippa on February 18, 2014

International Conference on History of Nonviolent Civil Resistance in Pakistan

Organised by Institute of Peace and Diplomacy (IPD) and Hanns-Seidel-Foundation in collaboration with History Department, University of Warwick and The Leverhulme Trust, UK

27-28 February 2014

Venue : Hotel Margalla Islamabad

Please see attachments for further information about the conference:

Islamabad-Conference Concept Note-Final-1

Program NonViolence Conference Feb 2014-1-1

Jinnah re-visited, thank you Jaswant Singh by Beena Sarwar

Posted in News/Information by Pippa on November 6, 2011

Generations have grown up in India and Pakistan fed on distorted versions of history. Attempts to counter these versions don’t go down too well at home, as Jaswant Singh​ found out when he challenged the Indian version that lays the entire blame for the Partition on the shoulders of Mohammad Ali Jinnah​, ignoring the parts played by Jawaharlal Nehru​, the Congress and the British.

Ironically, while eulogising the country’s founder as the Quaid-e-Azam or Great Leader, Pakistan has also censored him, sweeping aside his guiding principles, secularism and insistence on justice and constitutionalism. Similarly, in India, Mahatma Gandhi​ is eulogised while his guiding principles and insistence on non-violence are made increasingly irrelevant.
Each side conveniently forgets the extremisms of its dominant faith. Hindu extremism existed well before 1947 (remember who killed Gandhi) as did Muslim extremism, particularly since 1857, when the British drove a wedge between the two religious communities. Both continue to feed off each other.

Official textbooks, policies or public discourse ignore the findings of scholars like Mubarik Ali, Ayesha Jalal​ and KK Aziz in Pakistan, and Romila Thapar​, KN Panikkar and Sumit Sarkar in India whose work is based on solid research and facts rather than emotive myths. There is no official support for a joint history project.

Read full article: http://www.hardnewsmedia.com/2009/09/3225

Also see review of Jaswant Singh, Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence by Farina Mir on H-net. follow link: https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=30415

Bhagat Singh as ‘Satyagrahi’: The Limits to Non-violence in Late Colonial India by Neeti Nair

Posted in New Publications by Pippa on April 15, 2009

Bhagat Singh as ‘Satyagrahi’: The Limits to Non-violence in Late Colonial India by NEETI NAIR, University of Virginia, Email: nn2v@virginia.edu



Among anti-colonial nationalists, Bhagat Singh and M.K. Gandhi are seen to exemplify absolutely contrasting strategies of resistance. Bhagat Singh is regarded as a violent revolutionary whereas Gandhi is the embodiment of non-violence. This paper argues that Bhagat Singh and his comrades became national heroes not after their murder of a police inspector in Lahore or after throwing bombs in the Legislative Assembly in New Delhi but during their practice of hunger strikes and non-violent civil disobedience within the walls of Lahore’s prisons in 1929–30. In fact there was plenty in common in the strategies of resistance employed by both Gandhi and Bhagat Singh. By labelling these revolutionaries ‘murderers’ and ‘terrorists’, the British sought to dismiss their non-violent demands for rights as ‘political prisoners’. The same labels were adopted by Gandhi and his followers. However, the quality of anti-colonial nationalism represented by Bhagat Singh was central to the resolution of many of the divisions that racked pre-partition Punjab.


Published in Modern Asian Studies 43, 3 (2009) pp. 649–681. 2008 Cambridge University Press. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=ASS

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