The Partitions of Memory

The Partitions of Memory

The Afterlife of the Division of India
Suvir Kaul
Distribution: World
Publication date: 09/19/2002
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21566-6
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Echoes of the traumatic events surrounding the Partition of India in 1947 can be heard to this day in the daily life of the subcontinent, each time India and Pakistan play a cricket match or when their political leaders speak of "unfinished business." Sikhs who lived through the pogrom following the assassination of Indira Gandhi recall Partition, as do, most recently, Muslim communities targeted by mobs in Gujarat.

The eight essays in The Partitions of Memory suggest ways in which the tangled skein of Partition might be unraveled. The contributors range over issues as diverse as literary reactions to Partition; the relief and rehabilitation measures provided to refugees; children’s understanding of Partition; the power of "national" monuments to evoke a historical past; the power of letters to evoke more immediately poignant pasts; and the Dalit claim, at the prospect of Partition, to a separate political identity. The book demonstrates how fundamental the material and symbolic histories of Partition are to much that has happened in South Asia since 1947.

Mukulika Banerjee, Urvashi Butalia, Joya Chatterji, Priyamvada Gopal, Suvir Kaul, Nita Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Richard Murphy, and Ramnarayan S. Rawat.

Author Bio

Suvir Kaul, is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Thomas Gray and Literary Authority; Poems of Nation, Anthems of Empire: English Verse in the Long Eighteenth Century.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Introduction Suvir Kaul

Partition and the North West Frontier: Memories of Some Khudai Khidmatgars Mukulika Banerjee

Right or Charity? The Debate over Relief and Rehabilitation in West Bengal, 1947-50 Joya Chatterji

Partition Politics and Acchut Identity: A Study of the Scheduled Castes Federation and Dalit Politics in UP, 1946-48 Ramnarayan S. Rawat

Qutb and Modern Memory Sunil Kumar

Performing Partition in Lahore Richard McGill Murphy

An Archive with a Difference: Partition Letters Urvashi Butalia
Bodies Inflicting Pain: Masculinity, Morality, and Cultural Identity in Manto's "Cold Meat" Priyamvada Gopal

Children and the Partition Nita Kumar