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Partition and the Mentally Ill

This is in response to the letter by P R Chari entitled “Siachen in the Time of Manto” (EPW, 9 June 2012) on the continuing relevance of Manto and the use of the story “Toba Tek Singh” wherein the protagonist’s madness is taken as a metaphor for contemporary geopolitics. However, the reality behind the metaphor is equally, if not more tragic.

On 31 July 1947, Earl Mountbatten notes in his daily diary (Mountbatten India Office Records L/PO/6/123 part 3/p 222, Para 56):

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