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Since 1947: Partition Narratives among Punjabi Migrants of Delhi [Hardcover]

Ravinder Kaur
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29 Mar 2007
This volume presents extensive, original, and challenging research that departs from the popular history of Partition migration, post-colonial state building in India as well as its implications for the current local politics in Delhi.

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  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Press (29 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195683773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195683776
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,516,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'New narrative vigourand fresh insights into a theme that's been
reduced to a static tale of suffering.'
- Mushirul Hasan -- Outlook India, June 4, 2007

'a well researched exploration of the phenomenon of migration and
its aftermath in Delhi'
-- The Book Review, May 2007

Ravinder Kaur's work breaks new ground in the study of Partition
to understand how it still affexts its inheritors.
-- Urvashi Butalia, Financial Express, New Delhi, April 1, 2007

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This study will interest researchers and scholars in sociology, history,
and politics. The interested lay reader too will find it engaging.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A story told well 13 Nov 2007
By aisha
Format:Hardcover
While most books on Partition have been focussing on the process and politics of partition, this book focuses on the lives of the people who were forced to leave their homes in Pakistan. The book brings out alive the resettlement colonies like Lajpat Nagar and the personal stories of its inhabitants. Its a story that takes forward the theme of partition into an intimate sphere beyond the political intrigues of territorial partition
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5.0 out of 5 stars a fascinating analysis 29 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
60 years on historians have been reassessing the extraordinary events of the sub-continent 1947-48. Sadly, in the new accounts the tragedy of partition overshadows the achievement of independence.

Interpretation has moved increasingly away from the machinations of the colonial state and Indian politicians over the transfer of power, a study of elite politics, towards a focus on the escalating violence of the communal politics from below, rightly deemed India's holocaust, and a horrifying anticipation of the ethnic violence that has stained recent world history.

Ravinder Kaur's Since 1947: Partition Narratives among Punjabi Migrants of Delhi undertakes a fascinating analysis of the migration of Hindu and Sikhs from West Punjab to Delhi, cleverly deconstructing the master narrative of the Punjabi elites and giving the neglected story of the low caste and untouchable overdue recognition.

Gandhi is seen as marginalised by this appalling story of realpolitik and mass hysteria but nothing can detract from the extraordinary impact of his fast unto death in Calcutta in containing the violence in the East though, of course, it was the fanaticism of those days that led to his death.

Antony Copley
published in The Gandhi Way
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meets the needs of the research I am doing 6 Nov 2013
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Meets the needs I expected of it. It's very difficult find a book that covers this specific area of the upheaval caused during the Partition of India.
5.0 out of 5 stars a fascinating analysis 29 Feb 2012
By The Gandhi Foundation - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
0 years on historians have been reassessing the extraordinary events of the sub-continent 1947-48. Sadly, in the new accounts the tragedy of partition overshadows the achievement of independence.

Interpretation has moved increasingly away from the machinations of the colonial state and Indian politicians over the transfer of power, a study of elite politics, towards a focus on the escalating violence of the communal politics from below, rightly deemed India's holocaust, and a horrifying anticipation of the ethnic violence that has stained recent world history.

Ravinder Kaur's Since 1947: Partition Narratives among Punjabi Migrants of Delhi undertakes a fascinating analysis of the migration of Hindu and Sikhs from West Punjab to Delhi, cleverly deconstructing the master narrative of the Punjabi elites and giving the neglected story of the low caste and untouchable overdue recognition.

Gandhi is seen as marginalised by this appalling story of realpolitik and mass hysteria but nothing can detract from the extraordinary impact of his fast unto death in Calcutta in containing the violence in the East though, of course, it was the fanaticism of those days that led to his death.

Antony Copley
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