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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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My Father, My Interlocutor

My Father, My Interlocutor

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Home, Uprooted

Devika Chawla

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses how the author’s father helped her in conducting research for this book. Her father served as her informant, interferer, and interlocutor during her fieldwork. Her father was the one who organized their schedule and arranged meetings with participants. He also gave some assistance to the author in giving questions to the participants. When the author noticed that her participants were struggling to describe their stance about the Partition of India, her father advised her to consider their old age, and to ask simple questions that they can answer. The author said that the research on the Partition of India was made easier with her father’s participation.

Keywords:   Partition of India, father, informant, interferer, interlocutor

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