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Dr. Ayesha Jalal, the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University, gave a talk titled “The Pity of Partition: The Personal and Political Across the India-Pakistan Divide”.
“The personal life, family history and short stories of renowned Urdu litterateur Saadat Hasan Manto served as a prism to explore the human dimension of the partition of India and the post-colonial moment in Pakistan,” Jalal said. “By probing the creative tension between fictional and historical narratives, the lecture will analyze the post-colonial transition, the advent of the Cold War in South Asia, and the impact on Pakistan and its relations with India.”
Jalal is the author of seven major publications and is working on four others, including Battle for Pakistan. She has been a professor at Tufts University since 1999 and holds a joint appointment in the History Department and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.