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Devika Chawla

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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Devika Chawla

Fordham University Press

This chapter describes how Kiran, a young female Sikh, searched for a Muslim religious man (maulvi) to request some books for her exam after the Partition of India. Since fleeing Rawalpindi in 1947, Kiran has spent her days volunteering at the refugee camp, writing and reading letters for other refugees. She has enrolled in the camp college to complete her final exams for a master’s degree in literature. Camp colleges mushroomed in refugee camps soon after the Partition, allowing students to complete their degrees. Kiran seemed oblivious to the dangers of the communal riot. She cycled around her neighborhood looking for the maulvi to borrow some books needed for her exam; but she never found him.

Keywords:   Kiran, Rawalpind, Partition of India, camp college, maulvi

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