The great partition: the making of India and Pakistan
Author: Yasmin khan
The partition of India in 1947 promised its people both political and religious freedom - through the liberation of India from British rule, and the creation of the Muslim state of Pakistan. In reality the geographical divide effected an even greater schism of the population, benefiting the few at the expense of the very many, exposing huge numbers of the population to desperate and devastating consequences. It was one of the first, the most bloody, and remains one of the most significant, events of decolonisation in the twentieth century.
Yasmin Khan's personal account draws together a fresh and considerable body of research, including many new interviews, newspaper extracts and archival sources, to reappraise independence and division and reinforce its catastrophic human cost.
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press (8 Aug 2008)