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The Independence of India and Pakistan : New Approaches and Reflections

The Independence of India and Pakistan : New Approaches and Reflections
Year: 2014
Price: USD 25.00
      
Description
This book brings together essays on the 1947 division of the Indian subcontinent, providing fresh insights into the role of leading British personalities, the interconnection of politics and violence, and the social impact of the resulting upheaval.
 
These research articles examine three distinct themes relating to the independence of India and Pakistan. First, they focus on the vexed issue of the violence which accompanied the partition of the subcontinent. The contributions assess the range of motives and circumstances which culminated in mass killings by drawing on fresh sources such as Police First Information Reports. There are studies of local level incidences of violence and the debates surrounding the role of the Sikh community in the massacres in East Punjab.
 
Secondly, the collection sheds light on the politics of the transfer of power. It brings fresh insights to the roles of Wavell and Mountbatten, and traces the long term impact of the Kashmir issue. There is also a pioneering study of the role of the last Governor of the Punjab. Finally, the volume addresses concerns of the ‘New History’ of partition, which has its emphasis on subaltern groups and the lived experience of resettlement. The work examines the ways in which Christians living in West Punjab were affected by the partition and how migrants to Delhi attempted to maintain their identity through dietary preferences.
 
About the Author / Editor
Ian Talbot is Director of the Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies at the University of Southampton. His recent publications include The Deadly Embrace: Religion, Politics and Violence in India and Pakistan 1947-2002 (ed. 2007),Divided Cities: Partition and its Aftermath in Lahore and Amritsar 1947-1957(2006), and The Partition of India (with Gurharpal Singh, 2009).

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