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Bengal Partition Stories: An Unclosed Chapter (Anthem South Asian Studies)
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Author : Bashabi Fraser
Publisher : Anthem Press
ISBN# : 9781843312994
Price :INR 2156
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Book Description

Through oral histories, interviews and fictional retellings, Bengal Partition Stories unearths and articulates the collective memories of a people traumatised by the brutal division of their homeland.


Dr Bashabi Fraser is currently a Lecturer in English Literature at Napier University and an Honorary Fellow at Edinburgh University.

Table Of Contents:

Acknowledgements; Foreword; Introduction; About the Translation; About the Stories; The maps: ii) India before 14/15 August 1947; iii) India, Bangladesh and Pakistan Today; iv) Undivided Begal; v) West Bengal and Bangladesh Today; The Authors and Their Stories; Poem: Mob Fury; The Stories: The Solution; The Protector; Insignificance; The Saviour; The Ledger; Treaty; Loss; Infidel; Boatman, Honour, In a Place and in a Land; Here and There; Hindu; Acharya Kripalani Colony; The Crossing; A Thorn in the Path, Alien Land; The Border; India; Poem: An Abducted Woman: The Loot; Illegitimate; Home, Sweet Home!; The Stricken Daughter; Embrace; Kings Come and Kings Go, The Story of Sonadas Baul; Of Ram and Rahim; Looking Back; Refugee; The Debt of a Generation; If; Another Tune in Another Room; Alams Own House; Three Generations; Rehabilitation; The Girl was Innocent; Infiltration; Deliverance; Tagore; Wild-Goose Country, Poem: This Border; The Translators, The Authors, Bibliography, Glossary

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The Partition of India became an inevitable reality in the wake of successive events in Bengal. However, the Partition experience on Indias eastern front was very different from that on its western border. The effect of these events on the communities concerned is evident in the shorter fiction that has since emerged in Bengali, which is the subject of this volume. This particular perspective will throw a distinct slant on a post-colonial evaluation of the Partition, and its effect on eastern India. The near silence that has existed till very recently round the violence faced by people fleeing across the Bengal border, is striking, and the gaps and ‘absences’ that exist, can be answered and filled in by the retelling of such experiences in the tales of an exodus that has changed the cultural, social and economic character of a divided Bengal, having an effect on modern India and the new nation of Bangladesh, thus raising questions about what is post-colonial. The stories depict the nature of this difference in their focus and what they have to tell.

Much has been written on the history, politics and social background which led to Bengals Partition, but the actual experience of the people who were affected by the Partition has not been explored and can be recovered from oral histories and interviews or gleaned from the fiction, retelling the violence, the trauma, the small acts of humanity which the people—riot torn and/or dislocated or of those who found themselves in the ‘wrong’ country, experienced.

There has been a notable surge of interest in the Partition of India since the fiftieth year of Indian Independence in 1997. It has been a time to reflect, look back and weigh what India gained or lost as a result of decolonization. Like the Punjab, Bengal was partitioned at the time of the formation of Pakistan and the re-emergence of India as a nation.


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