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The Unfinished Business

Some more reading between the lines of the Partition saga

The Unfinished Business Tarak Das

Many commentators believe India’s Partition exemplifies the “unfinished business” of most such partitions, of which the most bitterly contested and intractable is Kashmir. But it’s not just unfinished business. Suvir Kaul maintains it’s ongoing business too because “Partition’s afterlife still guides our public policy and inhibits our progress from colonial state to post-colonial democracy”. Further, he says, India and Pakistan “require Partition, or its more local reiterations...to justify state authority”.

Partitions of Memory, like other recent explorations of that shattering event, departs from political history and nationalist historiography to answer questions for those concerned with how Partition shaped relations not only between, but within, nations.

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