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States of being divided

In this special issue, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Partition, we bring together a set of writers from Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, who in their respective fields—from academics to arts—have contributed to a deeper understanding of the fateful events of Partition and its continued repercussions.

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Not relieved despite the relief
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Not relieved despite the relief

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  • Restorying Partition: Akhilananda Dutta

    Akhilananda Dutta comes from a family of doctors. Born in Dhaka in 1942 to a doctor and a housewife, he recalls that most of their family members were doctors at that time.

  • In conversation with Ayesha Jalal

    "The partition of India was effectively the partition of the two main Muslim-majority provinces, Punjab and Bengal. There was nothing inevitable or pre-determined about this."

  • Restorying Partition: Manju Chakraborty

    She says that when she visited Noakhali recently, she felt that both East and West Bengal are part of same culture. She would like to do away with the complex wires and visa system between two Bengals, she says.

  • Uprooted and divided

    "It took me a long time to realise that my family and I, like every other citizen of the current state of Bangladesh, were directly and indirectly a by-product of the Partition to the extent that even our daily struggles sometimes evolved around it," writes Meghna Guhathakurta.

  • The tears that still bind

    Ten years ago I met Gazi in Bangladesh's Satkhira region, in a small island called Koikhali. He had come with his immediate family about 60 years back, at the stroke of midnight, with nothing but the clothes on his back.

  • Restorying Partition: Mahammad Appu

    A special train was arranged for Mr Appu's family and all of the workers in his father's factory to migrate from Lucknow.

  • Do women have a country?

    It was only the other day, some six decades after my mother's family left Pakistan, that I learnt about how they travelled to India in the aftermath of Partition.

  • Restorying Partition: Pushpa Nangia

    Pushpa Nangia was born in 1939 in Murree Hills, Rawalpindi. Her father was an engineer for the Military Engineering Services (MES) and her mother was homemaker. The Mukker family migrated from Nowshera to Delhi just a few days after the Partition, which also happened to be the day of Mrs Nangia's eighth birthday.

  • Fragments from a pre-Partition childhood

    Through 1945 to 1946 and a part 1947, we were in Calcutta. During the riots, three families moved to 11 Circus Range for protection from any attack from non-Muslims.

  • Partition studies: Prospects and pitfalls

    Partition, unquestionably a pivotal event of the South Asian twentieth century, has become a subject of great significance in its own right.