PARTITION LITERATURE: WRITING ABOUT THE DARKER SIDE OF INDEPENDENCE

Epoch-defining events like the French Revolution or the American Civil War have always inspired literature. The Partition of India in 1947 is no exception. The Partition divided India into two nation states for Muslims and Hindus: the Dominion of Pakistan and the Union of India. It was described by Lord Mountbatten as ‘one of the… Read more »

Capital: Rana Dasgupta And William Darlymple In Conversation

Touted as “the big non-fiction book of the year” by William Darlymple, author Rana Dasgupta spoke at length about Capital, written about India’s capital city Delhi. Dasgupta, who moved to Delhi in 2000, said he had attempted to analyze how much Delhi had changed, not merely in its physical structure, but also its inner changes. The book examines the intricacies and… Read more »

Savage Harvest: Navtej Sarna In Conversation With Urvashi Butalia

The sensitive subject of the 1947 Partition of India has long been approached as a source of agony and anguish. Curiously, it is the “element of humanity” in memories of the partition that has been omitted. It is precisely this element that is so beautifully portrayed by writer Mohinder Singh Sarna in his collection of short stories, Savage… Read more »