Unravelling the 1947 Tragedy through Secret British Reports and First-Person Accounts
Readership / Level
The Partition of India in 1947 resulted in the biggest forced migration in history—some 14 million people altogether of which 10 million were from the Punjab. This book is a holistic study of the first major case of ethnic cleansing after the Second World War. Besides shedding new light on the events through secret British reports, it also contains poignant accounts by eyewitnesses, survivors, and even participators in the carnage from both sides of the border.
With interviewees from both India and Pakistan, the book aims to give a balanced account of Partition and show how religious differences are no bar to peaceful coexistence unless highlighted by divisive forces. It will be of immense interest to anyone even remotely curious about the happenings of the most traumatic event in recent Indian history.
About the Author / Editor
Born in Lahore on 24 February 1947, Ishtiaq Ahmed hold a PhD in Political Science from Stockholm University. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, at Stockholm University and Honorary Senior Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. His research interests cover diverse fields like political Islam, ethnicity and nationalism, human, minority and group rights, and partition studies.
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