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Epicentre of Violence Partition Voices and Memories from Amritsar

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Item Code: IDH480
Author: Ian Talbot with Darshan Singh Tatla
Publisher: Permanent black
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 8178241315
Pages: 234 (B & W Illus: 24)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.6" X 5.6
From the Jacket

Through twenty-five first-hand accounts of those caught in the turmoil of Partition, this book provides us with a means to understanding the human dimension of the division of India in 1947.

The interviews in this book were conducted in what was, in 1947, the epicenter of violence: the city of Amritsar, on the volatile border between India and Pakistan. The links of those interviewed with a single city provide unique insights into processes of migration and refugee resettlement, and lend a unity to the recollections that is rare in Partition literature.

Even as each account possesses unique characteristics, various themes unite the oral testimonies: the suddenness of the uprooting, the belief that migration was only to be temporary, the sense that the violence was politically rather than culturally and religiously rooted.

The abduction and rehabilitation of women and children, the differing experiences of elite and subaltern classes, the memories of refugee convoys and camps, the hazards of border crossing, and the nostalgia for pre-Partition bounds between Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus are other important issues that emerge.

The variety of experiences recounted here is historically important as it reveals the immensely differing impact of Partition and its consequences for people's later lives. This discomfiting fact has frequently been obscured by master narratives of the event-an event which continues to exert a profound impact on the subcontinent.

About the Author

Ian Talbot is director of the Centre for South Asian Studies at Coventry University. He has written extensively on the history of colonial Punjab and the emergence of Pakistan. His most recent books include Pakistan. A Modern History (1999) and Khizr Tiwana, the Punjab Unionist Party and the Partition of India (2002).

Darshan Singh Tatla has been an honorary research fellow at the Centre for South Asian Studies, Coventry University. He is a prolific author on Punjab history and the role of the diaspora.

CONTENTS
Acknowledgementsviii
Introduction1
Interviews
1The Abduction and Rehabilitation of Women and Children, and Related Issues
Mrs. Anant Kaur20
2An Aristocratic Family's Experience of Partition and the Arya Samaj
Sardar Aridaman Singh Dhillon31
3Migration from the Last Sikh village n the Chenab canal Colony
Sardar Bhagwant Singh Khaira50
4The Experiences of a Ninety-three-year-old Man from Sialkot
Sardar Charan Singh60
5A Clerk Flees Lahore Under Gurkha Escort
Sardar Dalip Singh66
6From D.A.V. College, Lahore, to Khalsa College, Amritsar
Sardar Gurbachan Singh Bhatti72
7Strong Bonds Between Sikh and Muslim Villagers in District Sialkot
Sardar Gurcharan Singh Bhatia78
8On Sikhs, Muslims, and Hindu 'Imperialism'
Sardar Gurdeep Singh Bhatia86
9The Experience of Forced Migration for the Rich and the Influential
Dr. Harcharan Singh93
10A 1948 Sikh Migrant from Jammu & Kashmir
Sardar Inderjit Singh101
11The Partition Memories o an Eminent Educationist from the Ramgarhia Sikh Community
Sardar Jagdish Singh106
12Radical Dislocation from Muzaffargarh and Relative Poverty in Amritsar
Mr. K.B. Lal117
13The Massacre of Sikh Women by Their Own Families
Mrs. Kartar Kaur123
14Escape Without Injury from the NWFP to Amritsar
Sardar Kuljit Singh Khurana130
15Memories of Life in a Refuge Camp
Mrs. Kuljeet Kaur135
16A Haveli Becomes a Sikh Fortress
Mr. M.S. Chawla142
17A Granthi Narrates Exactly What Happened in a refugee Convoy
Sardar Mohan Singh149
18A Lahore Sikh Delegation Meets Sardar Patel in August 1947
Sardar Mohinder Singh159
19A Rare, Uneventful Crossing from Pakistan to India
Mrs. Nirmala Devi172
20A Christian Preacher's Experience of Partition
Peter Sadiq178
21An Upper-class Army Doctor's Recollections of Partition
Dr. Ranbir Singh185
22A Secular Schooltracher and Educationist's Nostalgia for His Pre-Partition Homeland
Mr. Roshan Lal191
23From Prosperity to Destitution-A Village Woman's Nightmare Journey Through the Partition Riots
Mrs. Satya Vanti199
24A Landed Farmer, Wounded and Reduced to Penury by Partition
Sardar Tirath Singh207
25An Arya Samaji Philanthropist and Original Amritsar "Resident's Memories of 1947
Vaid Vidya Sagar213
The Partition of India: A Select Annotated Bibliography218
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