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Raj Debate

@ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

This House Believes The Raj Lives On

Almost 75 years after the 1947 Partition, India and Pakistan have changed dramatically and been joined by a third post-Raj nation state: Bangladesh. As these three states have grown, developed and become more relevant on the world stage, the legacy of centuries of British rule has become ever more pertinent. Whilst in many ways these nations have cast off the legacy of imperial rule, the remnants of the Raj remain evident in areas ranging from education and law to infrastructure and sport. India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are moving into a new chapter of their national stories as the living memory of the Raj begins to fade. How far have these states come in achieving their fledgling visions and forging independent identities? Is the Raj consigned to history, or has it embedded itself into the current story of post-Raj states?


Hamid Mir

Pakistani journalist and author. He has covered conflicts in the Middle East and Kashmir. He was the only journalist to interview Osama bin Laden after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Professor Shruti Kapila

Associate Professor of History at the University of Cambridge. She is the Editor of An Intellectual History for India and the co-Editor of Political Thought in Action: The Bhagavad Gita and Modern India.


Professor Faisal Devji

Professor of History at the University of Oxford, specialising in the study of Islam and globalisation. He focuses on understanding violence from a philosophical and cultural lens.

Akhilesh Pillalamarri

International Relations analyst. He is a contributor to The Diplomat, writing on foreign policy, politics, history and geography. His studies focus on India’s foreign relations affairs, particularly Sino-Indian bilateral relations.

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