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Partition of India: Postcolonial Legacies

Ranjan, Amit (Visiting Research Fellow, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore)

978 0 429 75053 3
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Publication date:
19 November 2018

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The Partition of British India in 1947 set forth in motion events that have had far reaching consequences in South Asia - wars, military tensions, secessionist movements and militancy/terrorism. This book looks at key events in 1947 and explores the aftermath of the Partition and its continued impact in the present-day understanding of nationhood and identity. It also examines the diverse and fractured narratives that framed popular memory and understanding of history in the region. The volume includes discussions on the manner in which regions such Punjab, Sindh, Kashmir, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow) and North-East India were influenced. It deals with issues such as communal politics, class conflict, religion, peasant nationalism, decolonization, migration, displacement, riots, the state of refugees, women and minorities as well as the political relationship between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Drawing on major flashpoints in contemporary South Asian history along with representations from literature, art and popular culture, this book will interest scholars of modern Indian history, partition studies, colonial history, postcolonial studies, international relations, politics, sociology, literature and South Asian studies.

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Lists of Figures and Tables Contributors List of Abbreviations Preface Introduction Partition: A Reaction Against `Differences'? Amit Ranjan PART I: PARTITION IN THE PROVINCES AND PRINCELY STATES The 1947 Partition of Punjab Ishtiaq Ahmed Peregrination of Sindh's March towards Pakistan: Communal Politics, Class Conflict and Competing Nationalisms Farhan Hanif Siddiqi Peasant Nationalism, Elite Conflict, and the Second Partition of Bengal, 1918-1947 Taj Hashmi Recovering A Forgotten Partition: Decolonization, Displacement and Memories of Home and Uprooting in Post-colonial Assam Binayak Dutta Did India's Partition Lead to the Segregation of North East India? Rituparna Bhattacharya Balochistan under British Rule Nizam Rahim Baloch PART II: MIGRATION AND DISPLACEMENT Unwanted Refugees: Sindhi Hindus in India and Muhajirs in Sindh Nandita Bhavnani 1950 Riots and Fractured Social Spaces: Minority Displacement and Dispossession in Calcutta and its Neighbouring Areas Subhasri Ghosh PART III: PERSONAL HISTORY, INTERPRETATION AND (RE) PRESENTATION Kashmir as Partition's `Unfinished Business' Farooq Sulheria Lucknow: A Personal History Mehru Jaffer Bacha Khan: The Legacy of Hope and Perseverance Altaf Khan Whose History of Partition: Tamil Cinema and the Negotiation of National Identity Kalathmika Natarajan Re(presenting) the Image of Refugee Woman in Bengal's Partition Narratives Roshni Sharma PART IV: RELATIONSHIPS: INDIA-PAKISTAN-BANGLADESH Seventy Years of India-Pakistan Relations Sajad Padder India, Bangladesh and International Crime Tribunal Punam Pandey Bangladesh-Pakistan Ties: Future Prospects of a Troubled Relationship Pallavi Deka Index


Amit Ranjan is Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asia Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore.




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