Partition

This post was written by Friday guest blogger Annie Reid.

Somini Sengupta examines the newly re-issued edition of Train to Pakistan, Khushwant Singh’s novel on the 1947 partition of India. It’s not yet available internationally. The new edition adds American photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White’s photographs of partition violence.

Singh is looking for an international distributor — I hope he finds one. I’m always shocked at how little attention there has been in the West to this, one of the great traumas of the last century. It’s been estimated that as many as one million people died in the violence that erupted during the partition, which displaced 10 to 15 million people. (There’s a decent explanation on Wikipedia here.) Also shocking is the out-of-print status of one of the other great fictions on the subject, Kingdom’s End and Other Stories by Saadat Hasan Manto.


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