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Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali JinnahFor the second time in two weeks, I’m back in Hyde Park, at the University of Chicago. While I’m officially attending the Chicago Colloquium for Digital Humanities and Computer Science on Sunday and Monday, on Saturday I sat in on the 100 Years of the All-India Muslim League Colloquium organised by Manan and Rajeev. It was a fascinating attempt to account for the fractured legacy of the Muslim League in colonial South Asia, and in postcolonial India and Pakistan. Better known as the party led by Quaid-e-Azam M.A. Jinnah which established the state of Pakistan in 1947, the League was founded a century ago in Dhaka, in the wake of the agitations surrounding the abortive Parition of Bengal in 1905-1906. Besides educating me about the history of the League, this was also an occassion to listen to several distinguished social and and cultural historians including Dipesh Chakrabarty, Sumit Sarkar, Tanika Sarkar, and Muzaffar Alam.

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November 4th, 2006 at 8:35 pm

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