What prompts a person with a family to pick up a gun and join a militia? What drives a democratic state to engage in indiscriminate violence and pogroms against its own citizens? Why do people frequently see George Washington as a "freedom fighter" but insurgents in Kashmir as "terrorists"? This course will consider such questions in the context of religious and ethnic conflict in modern South Asia. Using case studies of violent conflicts in one of the most militarized regions of the world, we will discuss the historical trajectory and dialectical interplay between different forms of nationalism led by Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Nagas in the colonial and post-colonial periods. Materials to be examined will be drawn from a wide range of sources, from theoretical texts and human rights reports to ethnographic accounts and films.
Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as South Asian Studies 190
Course location to be announced.
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