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International Journal of Literacy and Education

2021, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Part A

Revisiting partition historiography: An overview


Author(s): Sanjit Kumar Das

Abstract: Partition of Indian subcontinent in 1947 is one of the most catastrophic and traumatic historical phenomena in the history of human’s existence. It led to the emergence of large-scale violence, massacre, riots and migration. Various historians, researchers and academicians have tried to explore this in their studies. In this paper, the researcher has tried to explore the historical journey of writings on partitions and migration. After the analysis of the varied literature, it may be inferred that there are majorly three phases of writings on the issue of partition and migration. Firstly, the focus was on finding the national and international reasons for the occurrence of partition and migration, which is popularly termed as high politics. Later on, the focus shifts towards the inclusion of exploring the regional and local reasons behind the partition and migration. In both these phases, the migration has been explained as a generalized experiences resulting from partition. They do not give space to the actual experiences of people who migrated as a result of partition of the Indian subcontinent. This lacuna in the field of research was explored in the new history writings, which moves beyond the dominant representations of migrations and give voices to the marginal groups including women, lower castes and others. They also move beyond the popular time frame of 1947- 1950 and explains that the migration kept on happening even after years of partition and its memoires are still afresh in the minds of the subsequent generations of migrants.

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How to cite this article:
Sanjit Kumar Das. Revisiting partition historiography: An overview. Int J Literacy Educ 2021;1(2):135-141.
International Journal of Literacy and Education