PhD fellow Kalathmika Natarajan
My interest in the construction of postcolonial Indian identity and
the negotiation of the experience of Empire and Partition has been shaped by my postgraduate study in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London and subsequent work with think tanks in New Delhi, including the Centre for Policy Research, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, United Service Institution of India and the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.
For my PhD, I seek to write a ‘new diplomatic history’ of British-Indian relations after 1947 as a post-imperial negotiation of entangled identities, culture, and memory shaped by the colonial experience. I am concerned with unraveling the meanings of the phrase ‘shared history’—oft-used by politicians and diplomats while describing British-Indian interactions—that functions as a euphemism for the complex legacies of colonialism that have shaped the identity of the colonizer as much as those who were colonized.
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