1st Edition

The Partition of the Indian Subcontinent (1947) and Beyond Uneasy Borders

By Chhanda Chatterjee Copyright 2023
    214 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    214 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    The book is a comprehensive study of border-related issues arising from the 1947 Partition of India. It looks at various cases of border disputes and affrays such as disputes related to the incorporation of princely states like Kashmir and Jaunpur, the agitation for the creation of new political entities, post-partition reconstruction of Punjab and old pre-partition Punjabi leaders losing their relevance, the Kamtapuri movement, Khasi and Mizo and Chin dissatisfactions, as well as the secession of East Pakistan in 1971.

    An important contribution to the study of borders, the volume will be useful for students and researchers of modern Indian history, colonial India, Partition studies, borderland studies, refugee studies, minority studies, political science, film studies, postcolonial studies, and South Asian studies.

    List of contributors




    1.      Lyrics of Loss and Laments: Anecdotal History of Assam Partition and its afterlife

    Binayak Dutta         


    2.      ‘Cartography of Self-assertion’: Superimposed boundary and local response in the India Myanmar Borderlands

    Pum Khan Pau           


    3.      Off shoots of Partition: The Rise of Adverse Possessions in India                          

    Sajal Nag                    


    4.      The Partition of Bengal and Struggle for Existence of the Host Society: The Case of the Rajbanshis of North Bengal 

     Rup Kumar Barman       


    5.      The Invasion of Kashmir: An Aberration in the Legacy of Harmony and Co-existence    

    Raghuvendra Tanwar      


    6.      Matdaan: An Anecdotal History of the Junagadh Referendum in times of Subcontinental Partitions  

    Nandini Bhattacharya          


    7.      Muslms Against Partition: A Case Study of Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew

    Amandeep Bal                       


    8.      Economic Consequences of the Partition: The Greater Punjab Region

    Sukhdev Singh Sohal                   


    9.      Redoing the Partition: The Bangladesh Liberation War and the People of Two Bengals 

    Anuradha Ray 




    Chhanda Chatterjee, Professor of History, Visva Bharati University, India.