Decolonising the Partition of British India, 1947

Historian article

By Amrita Shodhan, published 31st July 2017

Exploring the complex legacy of Partition

Amrita Shodhan explores the complex legacy of Partition in India and the difficulties faced by historians in unpicking these narratives. She re-evaluates the events of August 1947 through personal stories and popular memories.

The Partition that we have inherited from 1947 has a complicated lineage. It was born out of a situation that was both colonial and 'post-colonial', where a new elite was replacing the old colonial one. To decolonise this partition is to recognise a complicity between the two... 

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