Sectarian and Sexual Lines in Indian Writing in English
Chapter 4: Partition Novels before Midnight’s Children: An Overview
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Partition Novels before Midnight’s Children: An Overview
Traumatic memories of the Indo-Pakistani Partition resurface whenever terrorist attacks occur in India. The creation of the new nation state clearly sowed seeds of discord and conflict. Hence Partition writings tend be haunted. In the Introduction of The Partition of Memory: The Afterlife of the Division of India (2001), Suvir Kaul states:
The destructive legacies and nightmarish memories of Partition – its afterlife – still guide our public policy and inhibit our “progress” from colonial state to post colonial democracies … we remember by refusing to remember. (2)
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