What Does Palestine Mean for India?

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30-11-2023 • 45 mins

Amrita Ghosh and Bhakti Shringarpure reflect on the entwined histories of India and Palestine as the world is witness to extraordinary levels of violence being inflicted on people in Gaza by an Israel backed by the US and other global superpowers. What does Palestine mean for India today when the official governmental affiliation seems to be with the state of Israel yet there is a collective memory of solidarities and friendship with Palestine? Historian and activist Vijay Prashad joins the conversation to offer a concise and inspiring history of India as an ally of Palestine going as far back as the 1930s when Mahatma Gandhi wrote about the fact that there was indeed an ongoing attempt to colonise the lands of Palestine. Prashad speaks about the heyday of the friendship during the time of Indira Gandhi, when leader Yasser Arafat visited India frequently, right until the end of the Cold War when there came about a turning point. The episode also ponders whether Palestine offers a framework to understand the struggles in Kashmir. Finally, in commenting on the charming, lone pro-Palestinian protester who ran out onto the field during the cricket world cup, Prashad concludes that billions of people are absolutely pissed off at the grotesque level of violence being perpetrated by Israel and the outrage can no longer be contained.

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