August 15, 1947. Independence. Partition. The birth of a nation.
But what did it mean to become independent? Who was responsible for ensuring that India becomes a country? How were 565 princely states integrated into the Indian Union?
Featuring historian and author Narayani Basu in conversation with podcaster Lakshya Datta, this session will explore the formation of modern India, the legacy of its architect VP Menon - and through his eyes, portraits of historical figures Gandhi, Jinnah, Nehru, and Patel.
Goethe Darbaar X Freedom also celebrates the launch of Freedom - an online platform commemorating 75 years of India's independence with 75 contributions. Freedom brings together artists, authors and thinkers from India and Germany to explore what freedom means to individuals and societies in a modern democracy.