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Binding: Hardcover
EAN: 9788186706008
ISBN: 8186706003
Label: Kali for Women,India
Manufacturer: Kali for Women,India
Number Of Pages: 262
Publication Date: 1998-09-04
Publisher: Kali for Women,India
Studio: Kali for Women,India

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Thorough review, with documents, personal accounts interspersed. surveys rehabilitation efforts, patriarchal assumptions

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Summary: Excellent research
Comment: This is an excellent research and is a must for history students looking for issues around partition of india. India was partitioned when Muslims started rioting in Febraury 1947 in favour of partition (a country for muslims of india). Most Hindus and Sikhs only defended their families (and had no idea that they will have to either convert to islam or leave the area which later became Pakistan) while muslims were the aggressors and almost always started the riots. Though!! Hindus and Sikhs who had lost their families in Pakistan took revenge on the innocent muslims living in "India"

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Summary: A good but incomplete attempt
Comment: This is a good attempt at telling the story of women during partition. Though it is thin with regard to statistics, it does provide oral histories that bring to life the suffering of women who were both cast as prostitute (when they belonged to Other communities) and symbols of national honor (when belonging to "our" community). The only problem that this book suffers from is a serious bias against Pakistan. Being neither Indian nor Pakistani, it is obvious to me that the writers either share some of the "nationalistic" sentiments that they quote and describe or they do an inadequate job of interpreting and analyzing these positions.

By taking such a stilted pro-India approach, they play into the very kinds of communal thinking that they purport to challenge. Following on this, there isn't much on Muslim women despite the fact that the official numbers suggest far more Muslim women were abducted than the other way around.

I would suggest this book as an initial foray, but with the caveat that it has its own "national" bias (e.g., blaming Muslims alone for the very partition of India which is a gross simplification of history). I hope that someone will take it upon themselves to provide a more even-handed approach.

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