ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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From 25 Years Ago: Memories of a Fragmented Nation: Rewriting the Histories of India’s Partition

Vol XXXIII, No 41  OCTOBER 10, 1998

Mushirul Hasan

Scores of writers reveal the other face of freedom, the woes of divided families, the agony and trauma of abducted women, the plight of migrants and the harrowing experiences of countless people who boarded the train that took them to the realisation of their dream, but of whom not a man, woman or child survived the journey. A Zahidin Attia Hosain’s Sunlight on a Broken Column or a Saddan in Masoom Reza Rahi’s Aadha Gaon (Half-a-Village) offer a vivid and powerful portrayal of a fragmented and wounded society. What political debate will never fully do — and the reason we so badly need the literature — is defeat the urge to lay blame, which keeps animosity alive. Only the literature truly evokes the sufferings of the innocent, whose pain is more universal and ultimately a vehicle of more honest re­conciliation than political discourse.

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Updated On : 9th Oct, 2023
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