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70 YEARS OF PARTITION

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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August 26, 2017. The morning started like any other at Shikderpara village in Maungdaw town. He was preparing to visit his paddy fields where around 400 maunds of rice were almost ready to be harvested next month.

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  • We, the 'Amm-public'

    I am a 'Janagon'—an 'Amm-public'. If you still don't get it, then let me spell it out for you, because I know you are an 'Amm-public' too—the ever-so-celebrated mango people. I hope you now realise who I am as well as who you are.

  • Guam: The unlikely third wheel

    If Eid is about those less fortunate than yourself, spare a thought this holiday for the often forgotten and even less often remembered people of Guam.

  • An unlikely find

    A medieval French village in Malaysia

  • SNAPSHOT

    “Time is a game played beautifully by children.” ― Heraclitus, Fragments

  • This time Dhaleshwari

    Leather factories polluting again

  • Cruelty before sacrifice

    Dhola Babu was the most prized possession of cattle farmer Abdus Sabur. At only two-and-a-half years, Dhola Babu, the Friesian bull had gained a staggering 1200 kilograms of muscle.

  • I deserve the blue

    When 13-year-old Rafiul Islam Rabby was having trouble breathing, his mother Rabeya Begum didn't take it very seriously—not initially, at least. A week after, she noticed her son was coughing and wheezing throughout the night, unable to sleep. This time, Rabeya Begum took her son to the hospital.

  • Ethically representing narratives of birangonas

    An estimated 200,000-400,000 women and girls were raped by the Pakistani army and their local Bengali collaborators during the Liberation War of Bangladesh. Six days after the war ended on December 16, 1971, women raped during the war were designated birangonas, war heroines, in an effort by the fledgling Bangladeshi government to recognise and honour them.

  • Phulbari Movement of 2006: Where we stand now

    "This success is the first step towards victory. And all the credit must go to the brave people of Phulbari,” said Engineer Shekih Muhammand Shahidullah, Convener of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Ports, and Power, to the thousands gathered on the streets of Phulbari, Dinajpur

  • A thousand gardens

    Where have the fish in the Buriganga gone? Bubbling with rich, garish tones that can belie the grim reality, the waters of the Buriganga, once the lifeblood of the capital, tell our very own tale of woe.

  • An unbearable loneliness

    Haruki Murakami's 'Men Without Women'

  • Surviving our long distance marriage

    Courtesy of studying and working in different countries, the vast majority of my half-a-decade long marriage has been long distance.

  • Enemies of traffic safety: Fog lights and fancy wheels

    When you get a good thing, you don’t let it go. Unless of course you instantly find a better thing. A better thing is almost always greater than a good thing. This is great advice when it comes to choosing fish at the frozen food section. A fresh fish is a good thing. A fish that smiles and waves at you is fresher, hence a better thing.

  • VIP area declared semi-autonomous

    Rafique Ahmed sits relishing his 300 taka coffee. An employee at a top MNC, Rafique is one of thousands of citizens affected by the latest law that resulted in the federalisation of the VIP areas of the country.

  • An Irish Monimul and the Sumaiya clause

    In a move that seems to have garnered as much attention in Bangladesh as Neymar's record transfer to PSG and is the first of its kind, Bangladeshi cricketer Monimul Haqque has decided to apply for an Irish citizenship.

  • SNAPSHOT

    “The shadow escapes from the body like an animal we had been sheltering.” ― Gilles Deleuze

  • University of Dhaka and the partitioning of Bengal

    A recent and a very good historian of Bengal, Nitish Sengupta has observed that [in the mid-19th century] 'Nowhere else in the subcontinent were Muslims as worse off in Bengal, just as, paradoxically, few other communities derived as much benefit from British rule as the Bengali Hindus'.

  • Restorying Partition: Sabuha Khan

    When Partition occurred Sabuha Khan's parents were divided on whether to leave Delhi and Rohtak permanently.

  • Why this special issue on Partition?

    Is history too much with us? In some sense, yes, but in its broader and deeper sense, no.

  • How a nationalist movement turned communal

    Who is to blame for the 1947 Partition of India and the large-scale violence that it triggered? There are accusations and recriminations.

  • 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.

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