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Fatal Love: Intimacy and Interest in Indian Political Thought

Fatal Love: Intimacy and Interest in Indian Political Thought
Speaker: Faisal Devji # University of Oxford
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29th Mar 2018 16:00 - 29th Mar 2018 17:30
6th floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building


Most accounts of Hindu-Muslim conflict in colonial India tend to emphasize the growing distance between these admittedly shifting and changing communities. But I shall do exactly the opposite, showing that this relationship was in fact marked by great intimacy, which made for the possibility both of harmony and violence. I will describe how important Indian politicians and thinkers, such as Gandhi and Jinnah, Savarkar and Iqbal were able to engage in a debate about the problem that intimacy and even love rather than distance posed for Hindu-Muslim relations. In doing so they managed to exit the colonial problematic of managing communal difference which defined, and continues to define, the political as much as scholarly accounts of religious conflict in India.

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