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Remembering Partition: Violence, Nationalism and History in India (Contemporary South Asia)
Gyan Pandey's latest book is a compelling examination of the violence that marked the partition of India in 1947, and how the preceding events have been documented. In the process, the author provides a critique of history-writing and nationalist myth-making. He also investigates how local forms of community are established by the way in which violent events are remembered ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published January 14th 2002 by Cambridge University Press
(first published January 1st 2001)
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In recent years, most historians have agreed that the partition of British India was a messy and convoluted event that set off a chain reaction of violence, nationalistic uprising and intense political debate. In his highly acclaimed book, Remembering Partition, historian Gyanendra Pandey takes an in depth look at how Indian partition was viewed and understood by different communities within India, and how the “rupture of violence” triggered a ultra-nationalistic movement between opposing commun ...more
This is a really good explanation of Partition, which has not been presented often. Along with providing the historical context of partition, Pandey also critically analyzes the stories of partition and the various social and political factors that influenced these perceptions. He analyzes the way people look at history and how that affected the events of partition. Excellent book on partition
Brilliant analysis of the problems inherent to Partition historiography. Pandey questions the standard account of Parition in which the violence is seen as an outlier, an unnatural development of the division of the subcontinent. Definitely a must read for anyone with an interest in Modern South Asia.
Gyanendra Pandey's book reveals much about the violence, the myth making of historians,newspapers,the colonials and all politicians.The tragedy of the uprooted, and the hatred of the other, the violence latent in society is analysed, and is not swept under the carpet. The lessons are relevent even today.
This one is a great book. Effectively captures the end day of the British Raj. The limited vision of the leaders of that era is responsible for the massacre of millions. Gyan captures it all. As somebody put it, "The British left us as they found us - in chaos"
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