Hurt Sentiments | Book Launch Event
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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.
Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia
Ali Usman Qasmi
Professor, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University; President of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS)
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