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The processes of establishing new national orders in the aftermath of the Partition entailed that minorities-Hindus in Pakistan and Muslims in India-had to re-negotiate their identities as rightful citizens. This book focuses on the partition of Bengal, its effects on minorities, and the subsequent reordering of national identities in India and East Pakistan (present day Bangladesh). Divided in three thematic sections, it examines issues of territoriality, identity, migration, and citizenship.This volume joins new scholarship on the Partition, which sees it as a process rather than a single event. It provides a cross border analysis of how India and East Pakistan engaged with their post-Partition predicaments and how ordinary people on both sides reacted, adopted, and negotiated. This book will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of modern Indian history, sociology, and the interested general reader.
Haimanti Roy is a historian of South Asia. She has taught at University of Cincinnati and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Part I. Territories: 1. Drafting a New Nation 2. Limits of the Nation
Part II. Citizens: 3. Home and Hearth 4. Citizens of the Nation
Part III. Identities: 5. The Routine of Violence 6. Refugees and the Indian State
'Epilogue: Memories and Realities
Index List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Note on Terminology List of Abbreviations Introduction: Partitioned Histories, Divided Identities Part I. Territories: 1. Drafting a New Nation 2. Limits of the Nation Part II. Citizens: 3. Home and Hearth 4. Citizens of the Nation Part III. Identities: 5. The Routine of Violence 6. Refugees and the Indian State Epilogue: After Midnight Bibliography Index