Writing in from the periphery: Partition narratives from Rurban Delhi

Bodh Prakash
Taylor and Francis Online

The concern of Partition narratives has generally been with displacement, loss of identity, alienation, gender and violence, as well as the rehabilitation of refugees. What is elided in them is the tragedy of those villagers who lost their land and livelihood in order to make space for the thousands of refugees who were resettled in “refugee” colonies. This article explores a key aspect of the impact of the Partition of India; namely, the rapid transformation of rural spaces in the periphery of the capital city of Delhi, which saw a massive influx and resettlement of refugees.

Gaining a Ghetto: The Resettlement of Partition-affected Bengalis in New Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park

Anubhav Roy
Taylor and Francis Online

The Bengali sufferers of the tragic partition of India in 1947 have arguably failed to garner the political, policy, and discursive attention received by their West Pakistani or Punjabi counterparts. A case in point, Chittaranjan Park – a sub-urban neighborhood or colony of New Delhi granted as a ghetto to the Bengalis rendered rootless by the formation of East Pakistan – is rarely a muse for forays in partition studies or borderscaping.

Partition and Independence in Delhi: 1947-48

Gyanendra Pandey
Economic and Political Weekly

This is a Partition-Independence that we have not always faced up to in our history-writing and our public presentations of that moment of 'liberation'. A focus on the Muslims of a disturbed and high-profile place such as Delhi in 1947-48 allows us to recover something of the suppressed memories of Partition and Independence, at the same time as we ask something about the way in which the history of these events has been written up.

Two Tales of a City: The Place of English and the Limits of Postcolonial Critique

Rashmi Sadana
Taylor and Francis Online

Abstract: Since the early 1980s, novels by Indians in English have become the site of a transnational publishing ‘boom’ made possible by the opening of Anglo-American literary markets to non-white writing. This essay begins by illuminating the disconnect between the postcolonial versus transnational framings of Indian English fiction. It shows how this literature has gone from being grounded in the politics of particular places to being framed as a de-territorialized literary flourishing, thereby denuding it of its political relevance in an era of transnational literary production.

The Dark Side of the Moon

Kanwar, Anju
Amika Press

Rites of Passage : A Civil Servant Remembers

Hiralal Muljibhai Patel
edited by Sucheta Mahajan
Rupa and Co.

Lahore to Delhi: Rising from the Ashes - Autobiography of an Unknown Refugee from Pakistan

Pran Seth
Punya Publishing Pvt Ltd

Āzādī ke baʻd Dihlī men̲ Urdū g̲h̲azal

Cishtī, ʻUnvān
Urdu Akadmi

The Independence of India and Pakistan: New Approaches and Reflections

Ian Talbot
Oxford University Press

Smoke Without Fire: Portraits of Pre-Partition Delhi

Abdul Rahman Siddiqi
Aakar Books