Author: Mushirul HasanPublisher: Oxford University PressYear: 2000Language: EnglishPages: 393ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195651030
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.
Prologue : India's Partition RevisitedMushirul HasanIntroduction : Memories of a Fragmented Nation : Rewriting the Histories of India's PartitionMushirul HasanPART I THE POLEMICCHAPTER IThoughts on PakistanB.R. AmbedkarCHAPTER IIIs India Geographically One?Dr Kazi Said-Ud-Din AhmadCHAPTER IIIThe Communal Pattern of IndiaKazi Said-Ud-Din AhmadCHAPTER IVSome Aspects of PakistanJamil-Ud-Din AhmadCHAPTER VAn Economist Looks at PakistanRadha Kamal MukerjeeCHAPTER VIA Case for Congress - League UnitySajjad ZaheerPART II THE RECKONINGCHAPTER VIINegotiating with Its Past and Present : The Changing Profile of the Aligarh Muslim UniversityMushirul HasanCHAPTER VIIIThe Attitude of the Jam iyyat-i Ulama-i Hind to the Indian National Movement and the Establishment of PakistanYohanan FriedmannCHAPTER IXCommunity, State, and Gender : Some Reflections on the Partition of IndiaUrvashi BhutaliaCHAPTER XRecovery, Rupture, Resistance : The Indian State and the Abduction of Women During PartitionRitu Menon and Kamla BhasinCHAPTER XIBusinessmen and the Partition of IndiaClaude MarkovitsCHAPTER XIIHyderabad TodayAlec ReidCHAPTER XIIIPunjabi Refugees and the Urban Development of Greater DelhiV.N. DattaPART IIITHE REPININGCHAPTER XIVBlack MarginsSaadat Hasan MantoCHAPTER XVAn Unwritten EpicIntizar HusainCHAPTER XVIRemembered Villages : Representation of Hindu-Bengali Memories in the Aftermath of the PartitionDipesh ChakrabartyCHAPTER XVIIObjectifying Troubling Memories : An Interview with Bhisham SahniAlok BhallaCHAPTER XVIIIThe Trauma of Independence : Some Aspects of Progressive Hindi Literature 1945 - 7Alok RaiCHAPTER XIXIn the Heat of Fratricide : The Literature of India's Partition Burning FreshlyJason Francisco