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In the Shadow of Partition

Mushirul Hasan

in From Pluralism to Separatism

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693232
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081882 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693232.003.0007
  In the Shadow of Partition

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The partition of the Indian subcontinent triggered one of the largest movements recorded in world history, with about 8 million Sikhs and Hindus leaving Pakistan to settle in India and 6–7 million Muslims moving to the so-called ‘God’s own country’. Some 500,000 Hindus and Sikhs arrived in the United Provinces during 1947–48, most of them settling in the Dehra Dun, Agra, Kanpur, Saharanpur, Lucknow, and Meerut districts. Today, the demographic crisis in West Bengal’s border districts can be attributed to migration. Numerous forces were at work in Bara Banki district in particular, and in Awadh society in general. This chapter examines exile, dislocation, and resettlement in the region. More generally, it explores how the Partition affected Muslim families in Awadh, their fragmentation, their anxieties of living in a society bruised by violence, and their sense of loss and deprivation.

Keywords: Partition; Pakistan; India; Muslims; United Provinces; Awadh; Bara Banki district; exile; dislocation; resettlement

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