The Political and Cultural History of Contemporary India Lec 01, UCLA Upper-Division Undergraduate Lecture Course, Spring Term, 2 April 2009. The Partition of India; fate of native states; the dispute over Kashmir; the abduction of women, and the commission appointed to return women to their families. The assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, and its sexual and cultural politics; the assassin, Nathuram Godse, and his speech at his trial; the interpretation of the assassination by Ashis Nandy. The reorganization of Indian states; the role of Sardar Patel. The differences between nation, state, and civilization; the tension between the idea of India as a nation-state and India as a civilization.