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Midnight's Descendants: South Asia from partition to the present day

Asia Research Centre and India Observatory public lecture and book launch

Date: Wednesday 5 February 2014
Time: 6.30-7.30pm 
Venue: CLM.6.02, Clement House 
Speaker: John Keay
Chair:  Professor Athar Hussain

Midnight’s Descendants is the first general history ever published which correlates and contrasts the fortunes of all the constituent nations of South Asia over the last six decades. It affords unique insights into the tensions and conflicts that divide what is being hailed as one of the world’s most dynamic regions. At c. 1.5 billion, Midnight’s Descendants (the offspring of those affected by ‘the midnight hour’ Partition) already outnumber Europeans and Chinese; and they are growing faster than either. By 2020 they will constitute a quarter of the world’s entire population. As well as comprising the peoples of what is now called ‘South Asia’ (the preferred term for the partitioned subcontinent of modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, plus Nepal and Sri Lanka) they are widely established across the globe. Written by a widely respected expert on the region, the book will be the first account to incorporate the rich story of South Asia’s transnational, or ‘diasporic’, peoples. It will examine attitudes towards their homeland of the 22 million overseas South Asians, and will assess their contributions to the self-image of the parent states, to economic survival in the case of Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and to India’s globalised achievement. 

John Keay was formerly a special correspondent for the Economist, and a documentary-maker for the BBC. He is the author of several books on the Indian subcontinent, including the bestselling India: A History.

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