The Aftermath of Partition in South Asia

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Social Science - 322 pages
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The partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 was a defining moment which has powerfully shaped the destinies of people in the South Asian region. The birth of nation-states of India and Pakistan produced reverberations which were both immediate and long-term. This book focuses on the aftermath of partition and takes stock of its long term consequences. Earlier works on partition have portrayed it as a tragic and unintended consequence of decolonization, or subordinated it to larger dramas surrounding the advent of independence. This book sees partition in its own terms. It argues that it was not a single event, but a trigger of processes which have left a deep imprint on state and society in the region. Where other books have looked only at the causes of partition, this book broadens the horizon by looking at its effects. It is constructed around two key motifs, the dislocations and disruptions as well as the long-term impact of partition on peoples, places and institutions. The text draws upon theoretical insights and fresh bodies of data to historically reappraise partition in the light of its long aftermath.
 

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Contents

Introduction The place of partition in South Asian histories
1
The enigma of arrival 1415 August 1947 and the celebration of independence
29
Partition and the making of South Asian boundaries
78
A Community in Crisis Partition and the Sikhs
101
From displacement to development East Punjab countryside after partition c 194767
125
Divided landscapes fragmented identities East Bengal refugees and their rehabilitation in 1ndia 194779
141
Capitol landscapes The imprint of partition on South Asian capital cities
163
Punjab and the making of Pakistan
204
Contemporary South Asia and the legacies of partition
220
Glossary
244
Notes
248
Bibliography
295
Index
315
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