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Partition of India and Other Related Matters

Baren Ray (Author)
Synopsis Apex-level political developments that eventually led to Partition, or the various specific moves-mainly by Mahatma Gandhi and Maulana Azad - to prevent that tragic end, or general reflections on the question of self-determination in comprehending not only the over-arching Hindu-Muslim problem which hung heavy over the political scene for so many decades, but also the ethnic movements of the smaller nationalities in the extreme north and west of the subcontinent, the Pathans and the Baluchis, their long-sustained struggle for autonomy, self-rule and modernization, and their subsequent suppression and frustration, etc., are all dealt with in the nine researched essays in this collection. These historiographical essays cumulatively present an altogether new and alternate interpretation of the factors and causes that not onlky made Partition inevitable but even the subsequent developments in the two successor States so bitter and unfortunate. The swing in constitutional thinking away from a federative approach with the Centre to control only a limited number of subjects with guarantees of autonomy for all, with all the residuary powers remaining with the units, which had been the running theme of all the future schemes made during the crucial two decades when the Indian Independence movements were coming of age, to its polar opposite, towards the concept of a unitary state-both in India and in Pakistan-during the penultimate year from July 1946 till when the chips were down next year, became simultaneously both the cause and effect of Partition and all its consequences. At the end have been appended a few shorter items on such issues as of language, pluralism, autonomy, regional Cooperation and India-Pakistan relations which extend the main theme upto the present. An important addition to the historiography of Partition to mark the entrance to the twentyfirst century.
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About the author

Baren Ray

Baren Ray has been an old political activist and a well-known Communist scholar since many decades. He had been to prison both before and shortly after Independence for his political work. He was particularly active in mobilizing student volunteers (united front of the Students Federation and the Students Congress) against the outbreak of large scale riots in Delhi in September 1947. Later he was active in the Indian and international Peace and Solidarity movements for many years since the inception of these movements. He represented India at the Permanent Secretariat of the Afro-Asian People’s Solidarity Organization (headquartered in Cairo) twice, from 1969 to 1973 and from 1978 to 1981, serving as the Deputy Secretary-General of the organization during his second term. He has traveled very widely, having visited most European as well as Afro-Asian and other developing countries. Since 1981, he has been devoting himself entirely to research and has been a Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research for 1988-90 and 1992-93. He writes frequently and has several publications to his credit.

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Title Partition of India and Other Related Matters
Author Baren Ray
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Publisher IMH Pub.
Language: English
isbn 8185983234
length xii+302p., Maps
Subjects History