1st Edition

The Long History of Partition in Bengal Event, Memory, Representations

    300 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    300 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book focuses on the aftermath of the 1947 Partition of India. It considers the long aftermath and afterlives of Partition afresh, from a wide and inclusive range of perspectives and studies the specificities of the history of violence and migration and their memories in the Bengal region. The chapters in the volume range from the administrative consequences of partition to public policies on refugee settlement, life stories of refugees in camps and colonies, and literary and celluloid representations of Partition. It also probes questions of memory, identity, and the memorialization of events.

    Eclectic in its theoretical orientation and methodology, this book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of partition history, colonialism, refugee studies, Indian history, South Asian history, migration studies, and modern history in general.

     Introduction: Partition and its Afterlife in Bengal

    Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

    Part I: Partition and refugees

    1.      Of Conflict and Cooperation: The Material Implications of British India’s Partition

    Anwesha Sengupta

    2.      Divided Landsapes, Fragmented Identities: East Bengal Refugees and their Rehabilitation in India, 1947-79

    Gyanesh Kudaisya

    3.      Refugeehood in the Eyes of the Refugees: Voices of the Victims of Displacement

    Anindita Ghoshal

     Part II: Memory, rememory and postmemory

     4.      Frozen time, partitioned mind: Tales of seeking refuge in West Bengal after partition

    Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury

    5.       Life Stories and Material Objects: Revisiting the Memory of the 1947 Bengal Partition

    Sumallya Mukhopadhyay

    6.      Spaces of Anamnesis: The Partition of India and An/Other Bengal

    Krishna Sen

    7.      The “Lost” Land of Barisal: “Crafting” a “Nostalgia” of East Bengal and the “Pain” of Partition

    Jayanta Sengupta

    8.      Partition’s Women: Inherited Memories of Remarkable Lives and Times

    Debdatta Chowdhury

    9.      ‘Creation of a Women’s Sphere: Adjusting to an “Alien” Terrain in Post-Partition Bengal

    Aparajita Sengupta

    10.  ‘Moving memories: Remembering, and forgetting, the Partition of Bengal between South Asia and the United Kingdom

    Jasmine Hornabrook, Clelia Clini and Emily Keightley

    Part III: Cultural representation and memorialization

    11.  Katha and Myths at the Interface of the Village and the Nation

    Sarbani Banerjee

    12.  Memory as cinematic praxis: The art of Ritwik Ghatak

    Sreemati Mukherjee

    13. The (im)possibility of representing genocidal violence: Jewish Museum Berlin, Amritsar Partition Museum and a case for a Partition Museum in Kolkata

    Rituparna Roy

    14.  Kolkata Partition Museum: Material Memory through Subaltern Narratives of Involuntary Migration

    Aurgho Jyoti




    Rituparna Roy is Initiator, Kolkata Partition Museum Project and Managing Trustee, KPM Trust.


    Jayanta Sengupta is Director, Alipore Museum, Kolkata, and former Director of Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, India.


    Sekhar Bandyopadhyay is Emeritus Professor of History at Victoria University of Wellington, where he was previously the director of New Zealand India Research Institute.