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‘A certain terror’: corporeality and religion in narratives of the 1947 India/Pakistan partition

Anindya Raychaudhuri
Oral History Forum d'historie Oral

This article will take as its case study the 1947 India/Pakistan partition, and is based on a large oral history project, which took place over the last five years. In this article, I focus on selected excerpts from some of my interviews, examining the ways in which people describe religious belief, practice, prejudice and violence as corporeal experiences, with markers of religiosity often inscribed on the body. I examine how the corporeality of religious violence was not an aberration from everyday religious practices, but in effect an extension of religion as an embodied entity.

Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny

Amartya Sen
W. W. Norton & Company

Citizenship and Social Belonging Across the Thar: Gender, Family and Caste in the Context of the 1971 War

Farhana Ibrahim
Taylor and Francis Online

In this article, I examine the 1971 war (better known as the war for the liberation of Bangladesh) from a western Indian perspective. I argue that this war between India and Pakistan—while it focused overtly on the independence of East Pakistan—had some significant consequences for the western border between Kutch (in Gujarat state) and Sindh (in Pakistan).

Partition and Gujarat: The Tangled Web of Religious, Caste, Community and Gender Identities

Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan
Taylor and Francis Online

Compared to Punjab and Bengal, Gujarat's experiences of the Partition of India in 1947 remain curiously under-researched even though the state has a long border with Pakistan and over a million people migrated to Gujarat, mostly from neighbouring Sindh. This paper seeks to fill this lacuna in Partition scholarship by examining the experiences of two Hindu groups, Sindhis and Gujarati Dalits, who left Sindh to settle in Ahmedabad.

Of “other” histories and identities: partition novels from the Indian subcontinent

Vishnupriya Sengupta
Taylor & Francis Online

Ever since the Partition, novelists on either side of the India–Pakistan border have used fictional space imaginatively to formulate discourses on a humanistically-centred, multiplistically-defined Other identity, which writes itself into existence through the prism of the novelists’ contextual present. In this article, I will focus on three partition narratives: Salman Rushdie's Midnight's children (1980), Bapsi Sidhwa's Ice candy man (1988) and Amitav Ghosh's The shadow lines (1988).

Partition, Migration, and Identity: A Reading of Sundri Uttamchandani’s Deh Thyo Pardeh

Vidya Tewani

Communities and identities in the afterlife of partition of India the interface between immigrants and host society in North Bengal 1947_1971

Prajna Paromita Podder
Jadavpur University

"In recent years the theme of the long afterlife of the Partition of India has emerged as a major preoccupation in Partition Studies in South Asia. Drawing upon this burgeoning field of scholarship, the present thesis is an attempt to study this long afterlife in a specific geographical context and its specifics. But, more significantly, the thesis is an attempt to suggest that it is the very dynamic of post-Partition displacement and relocation that determines why the afterlife cannot but be long.


January, 1993
Mrinal Sen

The Cinema Of Partition

Shoma A. Chatterjee
The Citizen

Ritwik Ghatak: Five Plays

Ritwik Ghatak
Niyogi Books Private Limited