The Footprints of Partition: Narratives of Four Generations of Pakistanis and Indians

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Harper Collins, Jun 1, 2015 - History - 264 pages

The Journey of Partition itself -- after Partition.

The Partition of British India and the subsequent creation of two antagonist countries is a phenomenon that we are still trying to comprehend. Millions displaced, thousands slaughtered, families divided and redefined, as home became alien land and the unknown became home. So much has been said about it but there is still no writer, storyteller or poet who has been able to explain the madness of Partition.Using the oral narratives of four generations of people -- mainly Pakistanis but also some Indians -- Anam Zakaria, a Pakistani researcher, attempts to understand how the perception of Partition and the 'other' has evolved over the years. Common sense dictates that the bitter memories of Partition would now be forgotten and new relationships would have been forged over the years, but that is not always the case. The memories of Partition have been repackaged through state narratives, and attitudes have only hardened over the years. Post-Partition events -- wars, religious extremism, terrorism -- have left new imprints on 1947. This book documents the journey of Partition itself -- after Partition.

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THE BORDER Azad Qaidis
The Bus That Did Not Stop
Uneasy Come Uneasy
Sustaining Old Bonds
At Home in Enemy Country
A Daughter Fulfils Her Mothers Dying Wish
The Train at Pul Bangash
A Punjabi without Roots
Closing a Chapter Starting Another
Children of Animosity

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About the author (2015)

Anam Zakaria is a researcher, development professional and educationist with a special interest in oral histories and identity politics. She has a particular interest in trauma and healing in conflict zones. Her first book, The Footprints of Partition: Narratives of Four Generations of Pakistanis and Indians, won the KLF-German Peace Prize 2017.

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