Three contrarian Partition stories: a Punjabi Muslim, a Frontier Pathan, and a sensationalist
Cinematic and historical references aside, Begum Jaan is a disappointingly loud and hectoring film
A dramatic new study of Partition and a valuable anthology from the scene of the historic divide
In her book, Sindh: Stories from a Vanished Homeland, Saaz Agarwal explores why the region continues to remain a collective blind spot of Partition, even for Sindhis who fled to India and then tried to erase it from memory. An extract:
Could it be that 62 years on, the scars of the Partition violence have still not healed because there is so little voluntary admission of guilt, so much glorified victimhood? Here’s a narrative finally that trains its gaze at the perpetrators.