Rethinking Post-Coloniality in the Contemporary World: China in Tibet and India in Kashmir by Dr Dibyesh Anand, University of Westminster, 12 February 2015

Issued: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:11:00 GMT

Dr Dibyesh Anand, University of Westminster

Rethinking Post-Coloniality in the Contemporary World: China in Tibet and India in Kashmir.

Thursday 12th February, 2015. China and India, the two Emerging powers, pride themselves in their history of anti-colonial struggles and anti-imperialist politics. However, what we witness in Tibet and in Kashmir are not illustrations of China and India's policies toward minorities but minoritisation of ethno-national peoples with their own sense of homeland and distinct identities. The majority-minority relations in China, especially when it comes to Han-Tibetan relations, and in India when it concerns Indian-Kashmiri relations, ought to be recognised for its asymmetrical nature of power to name, transform, domesticate and even destroy the peoples being minoritised. The lecture will argue for recognising such asymmetrical relations as stemming from the colonial nature of state in China and India. It will identify different dynamics of economic, military, political and discursive colonisation as practiced and experienced in Tibet and Kashmir by China and India respectively.


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