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Changing Homelands by Neeti Nair

By Neeti Nair

Changing Homelands deals a startling new standpoint on what used to be and was once now not politically attainable in overdue colonial India. during this hugely readable account of the partition within the Punjab, Neeti Nair rejects the concept that crucial modifications among the Hindu and Muslim groups made political payment very unlikely. faraway from being an inevitable resolution, the assumption of partition was once a truly overdue, lovely shock to nearly all of Hindus within the region.

In tracing the political and social historical past of the Punjab from the early years of the 20 th century, Nair overturns the entrenched view that Muslims have been chargeable for the partition of India. a few strong Punjabi Hindus additionally hottest partition and contributed to its adoption. nearly not anyone, despite the fact that, foresaw the deaths and devastation that will keep on with in its wake.

Though a lot has been written at the politics of the Muslim and Sikh groups within the Punjab, Nair is the 1st historian to target the Hindu minority, either sooner than and lengthy after the divide of 1947. She engages with politics in post-Partition India via drawing from oral histories that exhibit the complicated dating among reminiscence and history—a dating that maintains to notify politics among India and Pakistan.


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