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

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Can Partition Be Undone?

Comrade Lal Khan’s account of Partition is welcome primarily because it thinks the unthinkable, “can Partition be undone?”. Comrade Khan, a political activist in Pakistan and a student and party organiser, who uses his nom de guerre to write this book, links his own reasoning of how the event of Partition finally happened with his other main argument of how finally we can get over the event. In other words, he writes as to how finally we shall undo Partition. On this point, comrade Khan remains consistent. He cannot be accused of invoking dialectics to suit a reason of convenience. He narrates the communist viewpoint in a rigorous manner, namely, from a class viewpoint. Thus he argues that class struggles were rising in the colony throughout the 1930s and 1940s, and constituted the national question as a social question as well.

Crisis in the Subcontinent: Partition, Can It Be Undone? by Lal Khan; Wellred Publications, London, 2001; The Struggle Publishers, Lahore, 2003; and Aakar Books, Delhi, 2007; pp 225, Rs 450



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