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Making Peace with 

Our Partitioned Selves

By Hammad Nasar

AMAR KANWAR, A Season Outside, 1997, film still. Courtesy the artist.

Not many are deluded enough to believe that art, even great art, can change the world. But in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks in November, in the political tinderbox of the Subcontinent—with fundamentalist votes up for grabs, army budgets to be justified, the cost of the “war against terror” to be emphasized, newspapers to be sold and television viewers to be reached—there is an urgent need for a space for…

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