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The Punjab Bloodied, Partitioned and Cleansed: Unravelling the 1947 Tragedy Through Secret British Reports and First-Person Accounts

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This is a chronological account of what happened in 1947 when the Punjab Province of British India was partitioned. The Swedish Research Council awarded a very generous three-year research grant to enable me to carry out the investigation. It is the only comprehensive and complete study of the partition process in the Punjab, beginning with the election campaign of 1945 ...more
Hardcover, 500 pages
Published July 22nd 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nabataean Petra
Nov 09, 2016 Nabataean Petra rated it really liked it
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THE people of South Asia have been particularly ill-served by their political leaders. This judicious work provides a detailed analysis of their misdoings that resulted in the bloody partition of the Punjab.

Self-serving, short-sighted, unmindful of the concerns of the people and quick to cater to the basest of feelings among the people, the political leaders found the withdrawal of the British Empire from India as a great opportunity to grab for themselves as much as th
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Muhammad Syed
Sep 30, 2015 Muhammad Syed is currently reading it
My only regret is that why I failed to read this earlier. An epic piece on United Punjab.
Tariq Mahmood
Oct 27, 2016 Tariq Mahmood rated it really liked it
The book is a very detailed account of Punjab's partition in 1947. Interesting that before reading this book I considered the Partition in 1947 of Pakistan to be solely composed of Punjab. It only while reading the book that it dawned upon me that there was another large province also partitioned in 1947 with very different results. In comparison with Punjab, Bengali partition was a non-event, even with its large proportion of Hindu population. So Sikhs and the martial legacy of Punjabis was a ...more
Mansoor Azam
Sep 12, 2016 Mansoor Azam rated it really liked it
This is a masterly account by Professor Ishtiaq Ahmed of the Partition days and the tragedy that befell to those who migrated across both sides of the border.

the author sets the tone early by quoting Amrita Pritam's Ode to Waris Shah, it's a tale drenched in blood and inhumanity. It moves the reader to tears again and again and again. It's a tale of how people turned into vultures for a variety of reasons, of humanity was murdered across Punjab in vast numbers. But then it's also a tale of how
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Siddharth Sharma
Jun 30, 2016 Siddharth Sharma rated it it was amazing
This book has it all. It should serve as an encyclopedia for anyone who wants to know anything about the Partition. Great research put on paper. Kudos to the author!
Rajiv Chopra
This is an excellent book.
It is all of the adjectives that I have used in the title of the review.

It is very readable.
Extremely well researched, and balanced, it gives a marvellous insight into the happenings of the times. It took me some time before I had the courage to read the book, given that this is a rather emotional subject for me.
He starts with a chapter on ethnic cleansing, which I originally thought was not needed. Later, I realised the importance of this chapter.

There were surpri
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Ishtiaq Ahmed is a Swedish political scientist and author of Pakistani descent. He is Visiting Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Stockholm University.
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