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Tyranny of Partition: Hindus in Bangladesh and Muslims in India

 
Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff (Author)
Synopsis The establishment of new nation-states after the partition of British India in 1947 not only required new geographical boundaries but also a cognitive map with included and excluded. This book concerns the ‘tyrannical’ workings of such borders on the mind of nation-builders in both Bangladesh and India. The author also shows however that there are other stories to tell about the event of 1947, its history and its aftermath. Members of the so-called religious minorities interviewed by Sinha-Kerkhoff fiercely contest the past that is embodied in state-supported partition rhetoric. In the end, the author argues that if the continuation of the two nation-states circumscribed by geographical borders is desired, their cognitive maps have to be altered through new mental borders that de-partition these societies.
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About the author

Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff

Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff (1964) is Director Research in the Asian Development research Institute (ADRI), Ranchi, Jharkhan (India). She received her Ph.D. degree in 1995 (cum laude) from the Centre of Asian Studies in Amsterdam (CASA) with her study on Girlhood in colonial Calcutta entitled Save Ourselves and the Girls! (Rotterdam: Extravert 1995). She has received several post-doctoral fellowships and published in academic journals and edited books. She is also co-editor of ‘State, Society and Displaced People in South Asia’ (Dhaka: The University Press Limited 2004) (along with Dr. Imtiaz ahmed and Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta).

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Bibliographic information

Title Tyranny of Partition: Hindus in Bangladesh and Muslims in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121208904
length 286p., Figures; References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History