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The partitions of India and Pakistan and Israel and Palestine are two of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century. Remarkable parallels exist between the two experiences.
Journalist and broadcaster Kavita Puri, in conversation with Harvard Professor Derek Penslar, explores the similarities in nationalism, relations with the international and diaspora communities, the acceptance or rejection of difference, the role of religion, and the role of memory and its legacy.
Kavita Puri is an award-winning journalist and radio broadcaster. Her series Partition Voices for BBC Radio 4 won the Royal Historical Society’s Radio and Podcast Award and its overall Public History Prize.
Derek Penslar is the William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History at Harvard University, and was previously the Samuel Zacks Professor of European Jewish history at the University of Toronto. He is a historian of modern European Jewry, Zionism, and the state of Israel.
Gavin Esler is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist. He is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books.
In association with Oxford Literary Festival.