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Preview — The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia by Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar
The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories (Cultures of History)
Nation-states often shape the boundaries of historical enquiry, and thus silence the very histories that have sutured nations to territorial states. "India" and "Pakistan" were drawn onto maps in the midst of Partition's genocidal violence and one of the largest displacements of people in the twentieth century. Yet this historical specificity of decolonization on the very...more
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Learnt some startling facts though. Ind and Pak agreed to complete transfer of populations in the Punjab... Incredulous. Jinnah's divisive politics proclaiming a nation for muslims was a stunning political move, but not one that was well thought out through the end. It became immediately obvious that a new na ...more
Goes against the grain of many of the existing historical books on the Partition which focus on the explicit violence. Zamindar's book is on on the day to day implicit violences of the modern state in attempting to craft a sense of identity and citizenship.