Great Partition | Yale University PressShe has familial links to both India and Pakistan, and has lived in Delhi as well as having travelled widely on the subcontinent. She has contributed to a global strategic consultancy on Indian and Pakistani political developments, and was consultant editor on India Britain , a report commissioned by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the future of bilateral relations in This book may not be reproduced in whole or in part, in any form beyond that copying permitted by Sections and of the U. Copyright Law and except by reviewers for the public press without written permission from the publishers. For information about this and other Yale University Press publications, please contact: U. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN alk.
The creation of modern India and Pakistan, explained
The Great Partition
Instead, the geographical divide brought displacement and death, and it benefited the few at the expense of the very many. Thousands of women were raped, at least one million people were killed, and ten to fifteen million were forced to leave their homes as refugees. One of the first events of decolonization in the twentieth century, Partition was also one of the most bloody. In this book Yasmin Khan examines the context, execution, and aftermath of Partition, weaving together local politics and ordinary lives with the larger political forces at play. She exposes the widespread obliviousness to what Partition would entail in practice and how it would affect the populace. Drawing together fresh information from an array of sources, Khan underscores the catastrophic human cost and shows why the repercussions of Partition resound even now, some sixty years later.
For instance, she has gone to archives in America to look at United States Consular accounts of activities in India, to the accounts in the British records of India, to interviews, and to Indian records in a number of different localities. Khan is even-handed in her attempt to look at the action from different perspectives. For instance, her argument is that the Partition was not an inevitable outcome but the contingent product of a specific moment, when individuals and ways of thinking or discourses coalesced around formulations to resolve particular problems. Sikhs were not only displaced but later became the focus of great hatred at the pogrom that was instituted after Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in October According to Naipaul, post-Partition India became a place of a million mutinies—the site of revolts from many groups whose issues had not been addressed by the great emphasis that people had placed on the Partition. Some of the best writing in the book concerns the circumstances surrounding the large number of women who were raped, mutilated, and killed in India and Pakistan.
Partition of India & Pakistan 1947
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