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Trains carrying people across borders after Partition was declared.

As we know that the Partition of India is one of the most sensitive subjects in the history of modern South Asia. In fact, lot of research has been done on this subject, and it has also been critically analysed by many historians, too. Therefore, to know, understand, and analyse the various aspects of this subject, many books were written.

Some of the illuminating books which were written on the Partition of India and Pakistan are:


The Great Partition by Yasmin Khan

This book by Yasmin Khan is one of the most famous partition literature work. In this book, she has described everything; from the execution of partition to its aftermath. In fact, Khan also explains how the partition was a carefully devised plan, and layer on she explains the recklessness with which it was implemented. Interestingly, the book also contains some local stories as narrated by the common people which definitely holds the reader throughout.

Midnight's Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition by Nisid Hajari

This book offers something different and something great. Hajari, in this book, explains how the course of partition took place, and he also showcases how decisions by many leaders were responsible for the Partition. It must be noted that this book offers fresh historical resources which could be unknown to many. So, if you are looking for a book wherein you could get in the details behind the "Great Indian Partition", then you should go for this book.

Borders and Boundaries: How Women Experienced the Partition of India by Kamla Bhasin and Ritu Menon

It is quite evident how a lot of books have been written on Partition, but there are a very few accounts by women, and, this book changes that. This book written by two strong women serves as first-hand accounts and memoirs alongside official government accounts on how the partition of India affected women. The authors make women not only visible but central, too. This book is undoubtedly one of the best books written about partition through a feminist perspective.

Remnants of a Separation: A History of the Partition through Material Memory by Aanchal Malhotra

This book is based on a unique concept, the concept of material objects. In this book, the author writers about various families and how they carried certain objects with them across the border. It must be noted that these belongings absorbed the memory of that particular time and place. Therefore, if you are looking to read stories of multiple families and the history behind the objects they carried with them after the partition then you should give this book a read.

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