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No Woman's Land (Women from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh Write On The Partition Of India)
No Woman's Land (Women from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh Write On The Partition Of India)
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Never before has a single volume featured non-fiction writing by women from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh on the Partition of India. Here, for the first time, are Ismat Chughtai, Sara Sulery, Anis Kidwai, Phulrenu Guha, Meghna Guhathakurta, Shehla Shibli, Manikuntala Sen, Kamlaben Patel and many others, speaking and writing about communalism and literature; what they learnt from refugees; what Partition means to them 50 years later; and how they define themselves-Hindus? Muslims? Indians? Pakistanis? Bengalis? All of these or none? Either or neither? Not-Indian-not-Pakistani? Bangladeshi not Pakistani? Above all, their accounts raise that most troubling question: do women have a country?

An unusual mix of memoirs, interviews, reminiscences and reflective essays, this anthology is the first attempt to present women's perspective on the Partition of India, based on the experience of three countries.

Ritu Menon is a publisher and writer. She is co-author of Borders and Boundaries: Women in India's Partition, and of Unequal Citizens: A Study of Muslim Women in India; and editor, Unmaking the Nation: a Three-Country Perspective on the Partition of India (forthcoming).

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No Woman's Land1
Ritu Menon
Excellent Things in Women12
Sara Suleri
Papa and Pakistan18
Sara Suleri
Communal Violence and Literature40
Ismat Chughtai
Riots, Partition and Independence55
Manikuntala Sen
Partition: Streams of Refugees69
Manikuntala Sen
Either, Neither, or Both74
Shehla Shibli
Two Women, One Family, Divided Nations98
Meghna Guhathakurta
Border Crossings: Travelling Without a Destination121
Ritu Menon
Darkness and Light135
Begum Anees Kidwai
Back Again, After 40 Years147
Ranjit Kaur
Jatin & Ismat154
Kamlaben Patel
Lock Up Your Hearts165
Kamlaben Patel
Abandoned176
Kamlaben Patel
Trauma & Triumph180
Hasna Saha
Lady Camp Commandant187
Jogendra Singh
Rehabilitation, East & West195
Phulrenu Guha

No Woman's Land (Women from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh Write On The Partition Of India)

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IDK305
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2004
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8188965049
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Never before has a single volume featured non-fiction writing by women from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh on the Partition of India. Here, for the first time, are Ismat Chughtai, Sara Sulery, Anis Kidwai, Phulrenu Guha, Meghna Guhathakurta, Shehla Shibli, Manikuntala Sen, Kamlaben Patel and many others, speaking and writing about communalism and literature; what they learnt from refugees; what Partition means to them 50 years later; and how they define themselves-Hindus? Muslims? Indians? Pakistanis? Bengalis? All of these or none? Either or neither? Not-Indian-not-Pakistani? Bangladeshi not Pakistani? Above all, their accounts raise that most troubling question: do women have a country?

An unusual mix of memoirs, interviews, reminiscences and reflective essays, this anthology is the first attempt to present women's perspective on the Partition of India, based on the experience of three countries.

Ritu Menon is a publisher and writer. She is co-author of Borders and Boundaries: Women in India's Partition, and of Unequal Citizens: A Study of Muslim Women in India; and editor, Unmaking the Nation: a Three-Country Perspective on the Partition of India (forthcoming).

Contents

No Woman's Land1
Ritu Menon
Excellent Things in Women12
Sara Suleri
Papa and Pakistan18
Sara Suleri
Communal Violence and Literature40
Ismat Chughtai
Riots, Partition and Independence55
Manikuntala Sen
Partition: Streams of Refugees69
Manikuntala Sen
Either, Neither, or Both74
Shehla Shibli
Two Women, One Family, Divided Nations98
Meghna Guhathakurta
Border Crossings: Travelling Without a Destination121
Ritu Menon
Darkness and Light135
Begum Anees Kidwai
Back Again, After 40 Years147
Ranjit Kaur
Jatin & Ismat154
Kamlaben Patel
Lock Up Your Hearts165
Kamlaben Patel
Abandoned176
Kamlaben Patel
Trauma & Triumph180
Hasna Saha
Lady Camp Commandant187
Jogendra Singh
Rehabilitation, East & West195
Phulrenu Guha
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