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Hurt Sentiments | Book Launch Event

Date & Time

Mar. 13, 2023
11:00am – 12:30pm ET
Hurt Sentiments Book Cover


Online Only


At this virtual book event, Dr. Neeti Nair, a distinguished historian of South Asia and a Wilson Center global fellow, discussed her new study, Hurt Sentiments. The book situates allegations of “hurt sentiments” and demands for censorship in a wider set of debates on secularism and state ideology in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Nair argues that it is through the process of debate--in the press, the courts, Constituent Assemblies, parliaments, and National Assemblies--in moments of crisis such as Gandhi’s assassination and the war of 1971, that meanings of secularism evolve, and that allow for the framing of demands for a Hindu Rashtra or an Islamic state.

After Nair's remarks, three other scholars offered commentary on the India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh cases discussed in the book.


Neeti Nair

Neeti Nair

Global Fellow;
Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia
A photo of Tarun Khaitan giving a lecture.

Tarun Khaitan

Professor of Public Law and Legal Theory, Faculty of Law, Oxford University
A photo of Ali Usman Qasmi

Ali Usman Qasmi

Associate Professor of History, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences
Ali Riaz

Ali Riaz

Former Public Policy Scholar;
Professor, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University; President of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS)

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Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program makes public the primary source record of 20th and 21st century international history from repositories around the world, facilitates scholarship based on those records, and uses these materials to provide context for classroom, public, and policy debates on global affairs.  Read more

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