ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Heroines from a Lost Homeland

Narratives of the 1947 Partition and its outcome are bound to be multiangular. There is the dual angle of the two opposing states of India and Pakistan, each constructing its respective, mutually hostile, official version. There is again another dual angle within Pakistan from which the Sindhis, and the Urdu-speaking mohajirs may look at the aftermath, out of their mutually exclusive viewpoints. Within India again, we discover separate angles born of different experiences. The stories told by the Hindus and Sikhs who fled their homeland in west Punjab (when it was becoming a part of Pakistan) during the Partition, and became refugees in Delhi and other parts of east Punjab (which became a part of the Indian Union), are different from those of the Bengali Hindu families.1 They had to leave East Bengal on the eve of the Partition (before it turned into a constituent of Pakistan), driven out by the violent religious persecution in 1946, which reached its nadir in the Noakhali killings.

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