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Home, Uprooted: Oral Histories of India’s Partition

Devika Chawla

Abstract

The Indian Independence Act of 1947 granted India freedom from British rule, signaling the formal end of the British Raj in the subcontinent. This freedom, though, came at a price: Partition, the division of the country into India and Pakistan, and the communal riots that followed. These riots resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1 million Hindus and Muslims and the displacement of about 20 million persons on both sides of the border. This watershed socioeconomic-geopolitical moment cast an enduring shadow on India’s relationship with neighboring Pakistan. Presenting a perspective of the mid ... More

Keywords: Indian Independence Act 1947, British Raj, India, Partition, Pakistan, displacement, refugees, migration, displaced populations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823256433
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256433.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Devika Chawla, author
Ohio University

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