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A History of India Pakistan Relations

The object of this course is to offer a causative framework to understand the trajectory of India- Pakistan relations.

The course shall offer an analysis of the progression of the different ways the conflict has been conceptualized: from a question of a legally contested accession, a border dispute, to a war of attrition and stalemate, to a dilemmas involving questions of identity, citizenship and the nature of belonging, and, latterly, as a site of non state actors and terrorists.

Offering a chronological overview of some of the major episodes of conflict in India- Pakistan relations, we will probe more deeply the means of creating an analytical framework for understanding these episodes: Nationalism; Territoriality; Federalism; Religion; and the contours of a Security Dilemma. We will explore how each, and all of these frameworks offer a basis of being able to better understand the nature of the India- Pakistan dynamic.

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