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Inventing Boundaries - Gender, Politics and the Partition of India
Inventing Boundaries - Gender, Politics and the Partition of India

Inventing Boundaries - Gender, Politics and the Partition of India

by Mushirul Hasan

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English

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Oxford University Press

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0195651030 - Year: 2000 - Pages: 393

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Hardcover

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Author: Mushirul Hasan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2000
Language: English
Pages: 393
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195651030

Description

This collection reflects on the forces that marked the prelude to partition, and introduces the different meanings attached to the Pakistan movement.

This work is a selection of the most significant writings on India's partition. It reconsiders important questions: Why did a people living with a long-standing history of shared living respond to symbols of discord and disunity at a particular historical juncture? Why did a society with its splendidly plural heritage become the site of one of the most cataclysmic events in twentieth-century history? Why was the innocence of the minds, in the words of a common man in Sakhua village in Mymensingh, 'banished after so many years of living together? Why did the structure of the human mind change overnight? How could that land become somebody else's forever?' Just 'Just one line drawn on the map and my home becomes a foreign country!'

This collection also reflects on the forces that marked the prelude to partition, brings into focus the diversity of political currents in the 1940s, and introduces the different meanings attached to the Pakistan movement. Its value is greatly enhanced by the prologue and the introduction that examine the more recent historiographical debates, evaluate old theories on how and why the parathion happened, and suggest areas of fresh research and inquiry.

The final section in the collection draws upon some evocative literary pieces to reveal as it were, the other face of freedom. 'Siyah Hashaye' or 'Black Margins' by Saadat Hasan Manto is one of them.

THE EDITOR:

Mushirul Hasan is Professor of Modern Indian History at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He is author of several books, including Nationalism and Communal Politics in India. He is currently doing research on the intellectual history of Islam in modern India.

Contents

Prologue : India's Partition Revisited
Mushirul Hasan

Introduction : Memories of a Fragmented Nation : Rewriting the Histories of India's Partition

Mushirul Hasan
PART I
THE POLEMIC

CHAPTER I
Thoughts on Pakistan
B.R. Ambedkar

CHAPTER II
Is India Geographically One?
Dr Kazi Said-Ud-Din Ahmad

CHAPTER III
The Communal Pattern of India
Kazi Said-Ud-Din Ahmad

CHAPTER IV
Some Aspects of Pakistan
Jamil-Ud-Din Ahmad

CHAPTER V
An Economist Looks at Pakistan
Radha Kamal Mukerjee

CHAPTER VI
A Case for Congress - League Unity
Sajjad Zaheer

PART II

THE RECKONING
CHAPTER VII
Negotiating with Its Past and Present : The Changing Profile of the Aligarh Muslim University
Mushirul Hasan

CHAPTER VIII
The Attitude of the Jam iyyat-i Ulama-i Hind to the Indian National Movement and the Establishment of Pakistan
Yohanan Friedmann

CHAPTER IX
Community, State, and Gender : Some Reflections on the Partition of India
Urvashi Bhutalia

CHAPTER X
Recovery, Rupture, Resistance : The Indian State and the Abduction of Women During Partition
Ritu Menon and Kamla Bhasin

CHAPTER XI
Businessmen and the Partition of India
Claude Markovits

CHAPTER XII
Hyderabad Today
Alec Reid

CHAPTER XIII
Punjabi Refugees and the Urban Development of Greater Delhi
V.N. Datta

PART III

THE REPINING
CHAPTER XIV
Black Margins
Saadat Hasan Manto

CHAPTER XV
An Unwritten Epic
Intizar Husain

CHAPTER XVI
Remembered Villages : Representation of Hindu-Bengali Memories in the
Aftermath of the Partition
Dipesh Chakrabarty

CHAPTER XVII
Objectifying Troubling Memories : An Interview with Bhisham Sahni
Alok Bhalla

CHAPTER XVIII
The Trauma of Independence : Some Aspects of Progressive Hindi Literature 1945 - 7
Alok Rai

CHAPTER XIX
In the Heat of Fratricide : The Literature of India's Partition Burning Freshly
Jason Francisco

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