AZAD and JINNAH: A Film by Amar Sohal

‘AZAD and JINNAH: A political rivalry in late colonial India’ explores the political ideas of two rival Muslim leaders between 1937 and 1947: Maulana Azad, the long-serving president of the Indian National Congress and independent India’s first Minister of Education and Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the foremost leader of the Muslim League and Pakistan’s first Governor-General.

The film written and presented by Amar Sohal, a DPhil student at Merton College, University of Oxford, uncovers the attitudes of Azad and Jinnah towards liberal democracy, Islam, and Indian history, culture and geography, and shows how their political thought often diverged, but on occasions thrillingly converged, as the subcontinent’s fate hung in the balance. It includes interviews with leading historians: Farzana Shaikh (Chatham House, London), Faisal Devji (St Antony's College, University of Oxford), Francis Robinson (Royal Holloway, University of London), and Shruti Kapila (Corpus Christi, University of Cambridge). The scholarly commentary is interspersed with dramatizations that bring history ‘alive’. Aaron Virdee plays Azad and Amerjit Deu plays Jinnah.

The film was followed by a discussion and Q & A with Amar Sohal.

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Friday, 2 September 2016
5 pm, CSDS Seminar Room
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi