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Reliving the Partition in Eastern India: Memories of and Memoirs by Women across the Borders

Sharmistha Chatterjee Sriwastav
Rupkatha Journal

Photographing India

Sunil Janah
Oxford University Press

The 1947 Partition of British India: Forced Migration and Its Reverberations

Jennifer Leaning, Shubhangi Bhadada
Sage Publications India Private Ltd

Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space

Hammad Nasar
Iftikhar Dad
Green Cardamom

Homelands: Art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

Amy Tobin
Devika Singh
Kettle's Yard

The Transfer of Jodhpur Railways, 1947–48: Denials, Delays and Divisions

Rakesh Ankit
Economic & Political Weekly

The process of partition between India and Pakistan, that is, dividing up material assets, remains an under-written subject, barring its border-building aspects. While the old scholarship offered an adversarial account of this exercise, the recent attempts revise this narrative by stressing upon the cooperation evinced by the two sides. Where the former found antagonism, the latter has sought to locate some mutually agreed method in the madness.

Bureaucracy and Border Control: Crime, Police Reform and National Security in Kutch, 1948–52

Farhana Ibrahim
Economic & Political Weekly

Studies on militarisation and borders in South Asia have often remained focused on zones of spectacular conflict such as Kashmir, or Punjab during the partition. This article tracks the production of a discourse on borders by those charged with border security such as the police and other senior bureaucracy in the decades following the partition.

End of the Postcolonial State

Faisal Devji
Economic & Political Weekly

Much of the scholarship on Bangladesh’s founding places it within a narrative of repetition. It either repeats the partitions of 1905 or 1947 or the creation of India and Pakistan as postcolonial states. This paper argues instead for the novelty of Bangladesh’s creation against the postcolonial state, suggesting that it opened up a new history at the global level in which decolonisation was replaced by civil war as the founding narrative for new states.

Misreading Partition Road Signs

Hamza Alavi
Economic & Political Weekly

History does not retrace its steps. It is no longer useful to ask if the partition could have been avoided. The question is no longer important. The different perceptions of the shared history of India and Pakistan have, perhaps, contributed in some measure to create barriers of prejudice between the two nations. However, there are issues of history that need to be looked at again. This article attempts to highlight some of those contentious and often ill-understood issues. Offered here is an attempt by a sociologist-cum-social anthropologist to highlight some issues.

Forgetting Partition: Constitutional Amnesia and Nationalism

Kanika Gauba
Economic & Political Weekly

History’s silence resonates in the textual silence of the Indian Constitution on the immense scale of violence and exodus accompanying the partition of the subcontinent, despite the contemporaneity of partition and constitution writing. Clearly discernible on a closer reading of the Constituent Assembly's debates are implicit influences of partition on key constitutional decisions, such as citizenship, political safeguards for religious minorities and provisions creating a strong central tendency in the union.