Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellow in the Humanities
2007—2008 Forum on Origins
The Peshawar Incident and the Kanpur Riots: Two Textbook Cases of Hindu-Muslim Unity
This history thesis will examine the 1931 Kanpur Riots as it is presented in primary source material and as part of a larger story of Hindu-Muslim relations featured in Indian high school textbooks. To date, no secondary narrative of the Kanpur Riots exists- only the official (British) Government and (Indian) Nationalist reports have attempted to reconstruct a chronology of the actual events and causes of the disturbance. Because of significant disagreement between the two accounts, a substantial portion of this paper will be devoted to constructing a secondary narrative while a subsequent analysis will explore the role of historical consciousness in creating such a narrative.