Across the Border

Partitioned Lives: Migrants, Refugees, Citizens in India and Pakistan, 1947–1965. Historian Haimanti Roy is author of this book new book just published by Oxford University Press, (India).


The Partition of British India has many histories, which range from locating blame on different political leaders to communalism as the primary cause, or uncovering its gendered impact and the generation of alternative popular memories. Partitioned Lives reconfigures such narratives, and offers new perspectives in the histories of the Partition.

Haimanti Roy looks at the Partition not as a singular event, but as part of a process, which continued to shape national, regional, and local politics decades after 1947. With the Bengal Partition as its focus, she reveals how longterm cross border movement, biased national refugee policies, chronic small-scale violence, and emergence of a document regime led to the creation of skewed national identities. The study underlines the role and categorization of minorities in both India and East Pakistan as being central to the discourse of citizenship and the project of nation building.

In our History sections, In Hardcover, 256 Pages, Dimensions: 8.5 in x 5.5 in, Rs. 695, ISBN: 9780198081777

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