Capitals in the Margins: South Asia Since Partition

Fall 2023 Center Grant Recipient

Neeti Nair (History)

The book project, “Capitals in the Margins: South Asia Since Partition” seeks to answer why, despite the shared experience of colonial British rule and a shared investment in anticolonial nationalist movements, South Asia remains the least integrated region in the world. This project will trace shifting conceptions of South Asia and previous efforts to promote regional integration in the region over the last seven decades. It will also examine how India’s aspirations for “great power” status have been perceived by capital cities in the “margins” such as Dhaka, Islamabad, Colombo, and Kathmandu. This project will further the CGII’s mission “to help fund globally-oriented individual research.”