Ending the Silence on India's Partition

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The Washington Post features a story on recovering the stories of India’s partition in 1947. Reporter Rama Lakshmi says that until very recently Indian historians have neglected oral histories of the violent period and that no memorial to those who died exists. But Lakshmi points out that "discussion of partition is not completely new. Ten years ago, Urvashi
Butalia
, an Indian author, said she began listening to her parents’
partition stories once more. She recorded them and eventually produced
a book called The Other Side of Silence [published in the U.S. by Duke]. She now speaks to
schoolchildren about the importance of such stories. . . . ‘Partition is a difficult subject to talk about because you do not
have clear categories of victims and aggressors. The lines are
blurred,’ said Butalia, who is popularly known as ‘the partition lady.’ ‘Everybody was implicated in the violence. In order to forget, you have
to remember.’"

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