P16


Meerut revisited: the conspiracy case in context, 1929-1934 
Convenors:
Michele Louro (Salem State University )
Alastair Kocho-Williams (University of the West of England, Bristol)
Carolien Stolte (Leiden University)
Ali Raza
Location:
C401
Start time:
25 July, 2012 at 16:15 (UTC+0)
Session slots:
1

Short Abstract:

This panel examines the local and international dimensions of the Meerut Conspiracy Case. The trial placed thirty-three public figures - trade unionists, socialists, nationalists and communists - on trial for conspiracy. The case became a watershed moment in anti-imperialist politics in South Asia.

Long Abstract

The Meerut Conspiracy Case placed thirty-three well-known public figures - trade unionists, socialists, nationalists and communists - on trial for conspiracy against the King. This highly publicized case became a watershed moment in anti-imperialist politics in South Asia, which led to the realignment of and between various political players. It also incited critical responses beyond India's borders and turned the 'Meerut prisoners' into anti-imperialist symbols internationally. This panel re-examines the Meerut case in the overlapping contexts of interwar internationalism and South Asian history. It invites participants to analyze the event through the writings and activities of both organizations and individuals.

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