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The Last Journey

Ravinder Kaur

in Since 1947

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780195683776
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195683776.003.0003
The Last Journey

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This chapter considers the means of transport used during Partition migration as a point of entry into differing modes of how individuals or communities experienced, and now remember, Partition. The class differences between Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims are shown as the possible grounds for conflict, fearing which the Hindu and Sikh landlords made arrangements to flee long before actual Partition. It also illustrates a class-divided process which could not be abridged even by as momentous an event as Partition migration. Of all the possible modes of travel, those that have become part of the popular imagery are the tightly packed trains and the foot columns of weary and traumatized travellers. The personal lives of the migrants are somehow connected with that of the modern Indian nation and it is the common story of endurance and success that has captivated the nation's imagination.

Keywords: transport; Partition; migration; migrants; Hindus; Sikhs; Muslims; trains

Chapter.  8872 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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