India & Pakistan: 70 Years On

India & Pakistan: 70 Years On

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Indian subcontinent’s independence from British rule, and we explore the legacy of this historic transition in a range of events. We welcome writers with a deep knowledge of India including Aravind Adiga, Amit Chaudhuri, Meena Kandasamy, Sunil Khilnani, Neel Mukherjee and Akhil Sharma; while speakers who are intimately involved with Pakistan include Nadeem Aslam and Dilip Hiro.


Bashabi Fraser & Alan Riach

From Scotland to India

Wednesday 23 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Born in West Bengal, Edinburgh-based Bashabi Fraser’s poetry reflects an ease at living in two cultures; for fellow poet and academic Alan Riach, the new convener of the Saltire Society, such openness and connectivity is a key part of Scottish...

Amit Chaudhuri

Perfect Moments

Monday 28 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Like Proust, Amit Chaudhuri has perfected the art of the moment. So says Hilary Mantel. In Friend of My Youth, a novelist named Amit Chaudhuri visits his childhood home of Bombay. The city, reeling from the impact of the 2008 terrorist attacks, weighs...