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Partition, Patriarchy and the Politics of Memory: film screening and discussion

Partition, Patriarchy and the Politics of Memory: film screening and discussion

Saturday 11 November 1.00 pm

Unite the Union, 33-37 Moreland St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 8BB

Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters) screening and discussion with Humaira Saeed (Nottingham Trent University) and Amrit Wilson (South Asia Solidarity Group)

Including a photo exhibition titled ‘The Uprisings of 1857’ from 12pm.

Khamosh Pani (Dir. Sabiha Sumar, 2003, 101 mins), a film in Punjabi with English sub-titles, is a winner of 14 international awards. Set in a village in Pakistan during the Zia era, it is about the long shadow of Partition on women’s lives.


Today, as the forces which fuelled Partition 70 years ago are once again becoming extremely powerful, we reflect on some contemporary resonances of the film across South Asia, including in India under BJP rule.

Humaira Saeed teaches English Literature at Nottingham Trent University. She is the author of Persisting Partition: Affect, Memory and Trauma in Women’s Narratives of Pakistan (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2018), and is beginning work on a new research project tentatively entitled “Exploring Dissident Sexuality in Postcolonial Texts”.

The exhibition ‘The Uprisings of 1857’ will also be on display from 12.00pm onwards so do join us early if you can! Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided. Twitter: @SAsiaSolidarity

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Supported by Unite the Union.

Hear Kalpana Wilson speak on India’s 70th Independence Day on 15 August 2017




1857 Exhibition


1857 saw a sustained and widespread uprising against British rule in India. Although dubbed the ‘Indian Mutiny’ in colonial history books, the uprising, which spread across much of the northern half of South Asia (at that time called India, now including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) and lasted almost two years, had the characteristics of a war against imperialism and for independence.

Protest in Singur, West Bengal against government seizure of land for a Special Economic Zone for transnational corporations(SEZ), December 2006

“You may hang me, or such as me, every day but thousands will rise in my place and your object will never be gained.”

Pir Ali, a bookbinder from Patna hanged by the British in 1857


People who have worked on producing this exhibition include in particular Naaz Rashid, Howard Doble, Anandi Ramamurthy, Kalpana Wilson, and Sarbjit Johal.

We would like to thank the following authors whose work we have used extensively in the exhibition:

Rajani Palme Dutt(1940) India Today, (London: Victor Gollancz)

Rajat Kanta Ray (2003) The Felt Community: Commonality and Mentality before the emergence of Indian Nationalism (New Delhi: Oxford University Press)

John Newsinger (2006)The Blood Never Dried: A people’s history of the British Empire (London: Bookmarks)

Nick Robins (2006) The Corporation that Changed the World: How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational (London: Pluto Press)Mahasweta Devi (1956) The Queen of Jhansi, transl. Sagaree and Mandira Sengupta, (Kolkata: Seagull Books)

William Dalrymple (2006) The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857, (London: Bloomsbury Press)

Pranay Krishna (2006) ‘Who is Afraid of 1857?’ Liberation, Vol.12, No.8, December available at

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels Karl Marx on India (Articles from New York Daily Tribune and Marx and Engels’ correspondence, 1853-1862)


This exhibition was created by South Asia Solidarity Group and the 1857 Committee


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