When India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, died, his daughter, Indira Gandhi, took control of the Congress Party and, in turn, was succeeded by her son Rajiv. The Bhutto family in Pakistan have had similar political success. Benazir Bhutto was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s first democratically-elected Prime Minister. Why are political dynasties so important in the Indian subcontinent? Why do certain families find success in politics? What explains their enduring resilience?
This event brings together former BBC correspondent and author of The Bhutto Dynasty: The Struggle for Power in Pakistan, Owen Bennett-Jones, Professor of Modern Indian History and author of Nehru’s India: A History in Seven Myths, Taylor Sherman, and political scientist Brenda Van Coppenolle. They will be accompanied by the event chair, William Gould, who is Professor of Modern Indian History at the University of Leeds.