Star Weekend

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.

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.

From postmemory to post-amnesia

For both Pakistan and Bangladesh, the time between 1947 and 1971 was best forgotten.

The 1947 phenomenon—In search of new voices

We call '1947' a phenomenon. Although often referred to as 'the Partition' for convenience, it is hard to settle on an agreed description. How should one describe 1947?

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.

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.

August 25, 2017
August 25, 2017

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.

August 25, 2017
August 25, 2017

In conversation with Tanvir Mokammel

In an interview with Star Weekend, Tanvir Mokammel talks about the significance of 1947 in his films, the role of artists in documenting history and the amnesia surrounding Partition among Bangladeshi filmmakers.

August 25, 2017
August 25, 2017

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.

August 25, 2017
August 25, 2017

Restorying Partition: Sabuha Khan

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

August 25, 2017
August 25, 2017

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."

August 25, 2017
August 25, 2017

After the holocaust: Partition and Bangladeshi literature

The Partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 has become indissolubly linked to horrific, haunting images of armed gangs or mobs attacking helpless groups of men, women and children trying to cross a border that had just been scratched on the map. Literature registers the shock in works that make harrowing reading.

August 25, 2017
August 25, 2017

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'.

August 25, 2017
August 25, 2017

How communal politics ruined agrarian society

First, when it came to the ecological question, the two-nation theory, on which the partition was claimed to be based, was muted as seen in Punjab and Bengal where the question of partitioning the water bodies took the centre stage. Second, the immediate aftermath of the partition left thousands of people dead and millions homeless and filled with gruesome trauma.

August 25, 2017
August 25, 2017

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.

August 25, 2017
August 25, 2017

Restorying Partition: Ali lmam Majumder

Ali Imam Majumder was born in the village of Kalabari, Tripura in 1950. His maternal home was in Sylhet. His family had a great deal of land in the village and its surroundings.