The Spoils of Partition: Bengal and India, 1947-1967 (Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society)

By Joya Chatterji

The partition of India in 1947 was once a seminal occasion of the 20 th century. a lot has been written concerning the Punjab and the construction of West Pakistan; against this, little is understood concerning the partition of Bengal. This notable publication through an said specialist at the topic assesses the social, fiscal and political effects of partition. utilizing compelling resources, the ebook, which was once initially released in 2007, exhibits how and why the borders have been redrawn, how the production of latest kingdom states resulted in remarkable upheavals, great shifts in inhabitants and fully unforeseen ameliorations of the political panorama in either Bengal and India. The ebook additionally unearths how the spoils of partition, which the Congress in Bengal had anticipated from the hot obstacles, have been squandered over the 20 years which undefined. this is often an interesting and hard paintings whose findings switch our realizing and its effects for the historical past of the subcontinent.

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M. Elahi (eds. ), inhabitants redistribution and improvement in South Asia, Dordrecht, 1985. extra subjective money owed of those migrations might be present in Gyanendra Pandey, Remembering partition. Violence, nationalism and independence in India, Cambridge, 2001; and, on women’s event of those migrations, in Urvashi Butalia, the opposite facet of silence. Voices from the partition of India, New Delhi, 1998, and Ritu Menon and Kamala Bhasin, Borders and bounds. ladies in India’s partition, New Delhi, 2000. at the migrations throughout India’s jap borders with Pakistan, see A. F. M. Kamaluddin, ‘Refugee difficulties in Bangladesh’, in Kosinski and Elahi, inhabitants redistribution; Myron Weiner, Sons of the soil. Migration and ethnic clash in India, Princeton, 1978; Aninidita Dasgupta, ‘Denial and resistance. Sylheti partition refugees in Assam’, modern South Asia, 10, three (2001); Sanjoy Hazarika, Rites of passage. Border crossings, imagined homelands: India’s east and Bangladesh, New Delhi, 2000; Ranabir Samaddar, The marginal country. Transborder migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal, New Delhi, 1999; and Papiya Ghosh, ‘Partition’s Biharis’, Comparative reports of South Asia, Africa and the center East, 17, 2 (1997). the various environmental implications for India of soaking up refugees are explored in A. B. Mukherji, ‘A cultural ecological appraisal of refugee cost in autonomous India’, in Kosinski and Elahi, inhabitants redistribution. Key works at the Hindu refugees in West Bengal contain Prafulla Chakrabarti, The marginal males. The refugees and the left political syndrome in West Bengal, Calcutta, 1990; and Kanti B. Pakrasi, The uprooted. A sociological examine of the refugees of West Bengal, India, Calcutta, 1971. See additionally Pradip Kumar Bose (ed. ), Refugees in West Bengal. Institutional procedures and contested identities, Calcutta, 2000; and Ranabir Samaddar (ed. ), Reflections on partition within the east, New Delhi, 1997. worthy normal edited collections comprise Tapan ok. Bose and Rita Manchanda (eds. ), States, voters and outsiders. The uprooted peoples of South Asia, Kathmandu, 1987; Suvir Kaul (ed. ), walls of reminiscence. The afterlife of the partition of India, New Delhi, 2001; and Ranabir Samaddar (ed. ), Refugees and the nation. Practices of asylum and care in India, 1947–2000, New Delhi, 2003. The vintage reliable and semiofficial debts contain M. S. Randhawa, Out of the ashes. An account of the rehabilitation of refugees from Pakistan in rural components of East Punjab, Bombay, 1954; After partition, Ministry of data and Broadcasting, guides department, govt of India, Delhi, Partition and migration 107 the adventure of the Bengal refugees, is a topic which has nonetheless to have interaction the transforming into neighborhood of students who examine refugees in different places. This bankruptcy makes an attempt a modest step during this path via investigating the advanced tale of the refugees who migrated to West Bengal. As refugees fled to the west from japanese Bengal in ever better numbers, governments in Delhi and in Calcutta reluctantly started to settle for accountability for the matter of resettling and rehabilitating them.

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