Partition Debate

  • Event Start: 1st March 2018, 8:30pm
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This House Regrets the Partition of India

Over 70 years ago, the world witnessed one of the largest forced migrations in history, with the movement of 14 million people across a divided and soul-searching nation.  Do we regret the Partition for the onslaught of religious violence and vast loss of life, or has the Partition given hope and opportunity for an independent future?

Speakers in Proposition:

  • Prof Rajmohan Gandhi : A biographer and academic at the University of Illinois, he is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Ashis Ray  : A London-based author, he is the longest serving Indian foreign correspondent,having uninterruptedly worked in this capacity for over 40 years mainly for BBC and CNN, but also for India's Ananda Bazar Group and the Times of India

Speakers in Opposition:

  • Salman Khurshid : Former Minister for External Affairs of India, and former President of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee
  • Prof Mridula Mukherjee :  An Indian historian, she is known for her work on the role of peasants in the Indian independence movement

Prior to this debate, Officer Hustings will be held at 7.45pm ahead of the Union's Elections tomorrow

With many thanks to the following who have generously donated floor prizes for this debate:

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