Gardish-e-dauran: Vicissitudes of Fortune

Mushirul Hasan

in From Pluralism to Separatism

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693232
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081882 | DOI:
  Gardish-e-dauran: Vicissitudes of Fortune

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Little is known about the impact of the Partition on culture and social structure in Awadh. Nevertheless, the histories of a locality can be better understood by studying lives. Indeed, the Kidwais’ historical experience in Masauli reveals the engagement of a family and class with their colonial and post-colonial predicaments. The lives of the Masauli Kidwais offer a glimpse into qasbas, both past and present. In general, official identifications in the census alone were not enough to reify or solidify identities. The Kidwais and many other families in the Bara Banki district in the United Provinces interactively created meanings and identities which shaped their lives.

Keywords: Awadh; Kidwais; Masauli; qasbas; families; Bara Banki district; United Provinces

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