Author: Sukeshi KamraPublisher: Roli BooksYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 41414ISBN/UPC (if available): 817436286X
August 14/15, 1947, means more than the independence of India. It marks the birth of two nation states, India and Pakistan, and is fixed in the memory of many as Partition and the end of the Raj. This work nuances this historical moment .Bearing Witness nuances this historical moment by considering contemporary and post-event responses to Partition, inherited by Indians and Pakistanis as one of the uncontested significance. From testimonials and speeches by Jinnah and Nehru to fictional and non-fictional accounts by Indians and the British, and political cartoons from English newspapers at the time, Kamra offers an inductive study of primary texts ignored until now.The book studies the three groups most affected by the events of 1947: the educated Indians, for whom the moment was a rite of passage; the survivors of Partition, for whom the event is inextricably linked with trauma and loss of home, family and community; and the British, for whom this heralded exile.
ForewordAcknowledgementsChronologyINTRODUCTIONThe Word on the Streets:Editorials and Political Cartoons in English-Language Dailies (1947)Dare to Know: Aug 15, 1947, the PartitionNarratives of Pain: Fiction and Autobiography as 'Psychotestimonies' to the PartitionThe Children of India Remember:Reflections, Chronicles, Diaries and AutobiographiesThe Rhetoric of Anxiety: The End of the Raj in the Writings of the British and British PressConclusionAppendix A: Historical Background to the Partition in the PunjabAppendix B:History of the Indian Press under Colonial RuleAppendix C:BiographiesNotesBibliographyIndex