Bangalore International Centrehad arranged a Book Launch and discussion ofthe Book “Creating a New Medina” authored by Mr.VenkatDhulipala,on Friday, 11thSeptember, 2015 at 6.30 PM. Mr.Nitin PaiChaired and moderated the discussion on the book.This event was arranged in collaboration with Takshashila Institution.
This book examined how the idea of Pakistan was articulated and debated in the public sphere and how popular enthusiasm was generated for its successful achievement, especially in the crucial province of UP (now Uttar Pradesh) in the last decade of British colonial rule in India. The book argues that Pakistan was not a simply a vague idea that serendipitously emerged as a nation-state, but was popularly imagined as a sovereign Islamic State, a new Medina, as some called it. In this regard, it was envisaged as the harbinger of Islam's renewal and rise in the twentieth century, the new leader and protector of the global community of Muslims, and a worthy successor to the defunct Turkish Caliphate. The book also specifically foregrounds the critical role played by Deobandiulama in articulating this imagined national community with an awareness of Pakistan's global historical significance.
This book therefore challenges three principal strands in India’s Partition historiography: scholarship on elite politics that largely sees Pakistan’s emergence as the result of breakdown of constitutional negotiations between the British government, the leaders of the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League; subaltern histories that argue that Pakistan was a vague but emotive religious symbol that found overwhelming popular support among Indian Muslims without an awareness of its meaning or implications; and finally narratives which argue that Jinnah led a secular nationalist movement to create Pakistan as a liberal democratic state.
The Q & A session started from the beginning itself and it was very interesting and informative.
The event was attended by large audience .