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Re-configuring power: looking back at the decades around independence
The South Asia Research Cluster at Wolfson College is organising a seminar to mark the 70th anniversary of India's independence. Rather than regarding 1947 as the end point of colonial rule and the starting point of a new era, it proposes to approach the period between 1935 to 1970 as a unified whole - one characterized by flux and uncertainty. We seek to revisit these decades in order to understand the making of power in modern India, both state and non-state, by exploring different themes at national, regional and local level. Some of these are - the shaping of the economic, social, demographic and environmental landscapes; social, political and economic structures and their interaction with state power; land, industry, labour, environment and common resources; caste, religion and language; and health and education.