When the British empire in India ended in 1947, the Indian subcontinent was violently divided into the independent nation-states of India and Pakistan. During the Partition of India, at least fourteen million people were displaced across the new international border between India and Pakistan. The Partition of India was one of the largest moments of mass violence after World War II, yet the governments of India and Pakistan have done little to commemorate Partition and its victims. In contrast, individual Indians and Pakistanis have found alternative ways to memorialize and mourn the divisions of Partition across families and communities. This talk tells the story of Partition through the division of a popular publishing house between India and Pakistan and the efforts of individual readers to renew connections across the new international borders.
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