This book "Ending the Legacy of Division" has emerged from the papers presented at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of India's independence held at Columbia University, New York, on August 2, 1997. The conference was organised by the Association of Indian Progressive Study Groups (AIPSG), and several of the papers reflect the results of several years of work carried out by the AIPSG.
The 50th anniversary is an important event for all Indians both in India and abroad. Both the conference and the book are a part of the numerous celebrations and initiatives that Indians and people of Indian origin are taking throughout the world.
The views expressed in this book are a contribution towards addressing the serious social, economic and political problems facing India. We encourage everyone to reply to us with suggestions, comments, and other feedback.
New York, August 15, 1997.