In 1957, as India conducted its second general elections, there was an outbreak of police and communal violence in parts of Tamil Nadu that lasted a full fortnight. This presentation revisits 1957 and its hotly contested legacies in contemporary India, to examine how electoral consciousness offered opportunities for citizens to negotiate coercive state authority.

At the end of the sixteenth century, when the Mughal emperor Akbar (d. 1605) embraced Christian messianic symbols and Catholic icons to make himself the most sacred being on earth, the English dramatist Christopher Marlowe used the myth of Akbar’s world-conquering ancestor, Timur or Tamburlaine (d. 1405), to fashion an enduring drama about the ultimate sovereign.

From the late 1920s, literary scholars working as assistants and junior clerks in colonial administration began to systematically ignore or overlook the traces of Himalayan pasts in the records they collected, edited, revised and published as part of an effort to write regional histories in vernacular languages.

An Indian Rip van Winkle who went to sleep in late 1980s or early 1990s and woke up in the 2000s would have been astonished by the huge change in a short amount of time.  The India of 2014 is a different world from that of 1990.

For almost 200 years, the Mughal emperors ruled supreme in northern India. How was it possible that a Muslim, ethnically Turkish, Persian-speaking dynasty established itself in the Indian subcontinent to become one of the largest and most dynamic empires in the early-modern period? Using the figure of the Mughal prince, Munis D. Faruqui offers a new interpretive lens through which to comprehend Mughal state formation. In a challenge to previous scholarship, Prof.

The South Asia Program presents, "YO, Songs of the People: Music from the Heart of Japan and the Spirit of India," April 19, 2015, at 8 p.m. in Barnes Hall Auditorium, this event is Free and open to the public.  The event is co-sponsored by the Cornell Council for the Arts, Asian & Asian American center, the Rose Goldsen Lecture Series and the Martin Hatch Fund.  YO is a word which means world community / this generation / this moment. The music of YO presents the ancient traditions of Japan and India in a fresh, creatie and inspired vision.