Remembering Partition: Violence, Nationalism and History in India

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 22, 2001 - History - 218 pages
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Through an investigation of the violence that marked the partition of British India in 1947, this book analyses questions of history and memory, the nationalisation of populations and their pasts, and the ways in which violent events are remembered (or forgotten) in order to ensure the unity of the collective subject - community or nation. Stressing the continuous entanglement of ‘event’ and ‘interpretation’, the author emphasises both the enormity of the violence of 1947 and its shifting meanings and contours. The book provides a sustained critique of the procedures of history-writing and nationalist myth-making on the question of violence, and examines how local forms of sociality are constituted and reconstituted, by the experience and representation of violent events. It concludes with a comment on the different kinds of political community that may still be imagined even in the wake of Partition and events like it.
 

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Contents

1 By way of introduction
1
2 The three partitions of 1947
21
3 Historians history
45
4 The evidence of the historian
67
Garhmukhteshwar November 1946
92
Delhi 19471948
121
7 Disciplining difference
152
8 Constructing community
175
Select bibliography
206
Index
212
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Gyanendra Pandey is Professor of Anthropology and History at The Johns Hopkins University. He was a founder member of the Subaltern Studies group, and is the author of many publications including Hindus and Others: The Question of identity in India Today (1993) and The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India (1990).

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