The Radcliffe Boundary Commission and the Geographical Imagination of Pakistan

Hosted by the South Asia Centre

Vera Anstey Room, Old Building,


Dr Lucy Chester


Dr Mukulika Banerjee

This lecture will explore the Radcliffe Boundary Commission, which drew the lines dividing India and Pakistan in 1947, and brought both the culmination of hopes for an independent Muslim state in South Asia and disappointment for those who had imagined that state in a different geographic form.

This lecture is part of the 'Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall' series. The event will be followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition 'Journeys to Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh' in the LSE Library.

Lucy Chester is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Mukulika Banerjee is Director of the South Asia Centre and Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the LSE.

The South Asia Centre works with individuals, organisations, think tanks, the media, governments and parastatal institutions to debate South Asia amidst its constituent countries and with the world at large through multi-faceted dialogue and debate, and position it as a dynamic global region influencing wider challenges and powers.

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