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The Partition of Bengal and Assam, 1932-1947: Contour of Freedom - Bidyut Chakrabarty

The Partition of Bengal and Assam, 1932-1947: Contour of Freedom

Bidyut Chakrabarty

Routledgecurzon Studies in South Asia

Book Cover......Page 1
Title......Page 4
Contents......Page 5
List of tables......Page 9
Acknowledgements......Page 10
Abbreviations......Page 11
Introduction......Page 12
The Hindu Muslim differences: the socio-economic and cultural dimensions......Page 47
Divide and rule: the Communal Award and its implications in Bengal......Page 66
Politics of accommodation and confrontation: the second partition of Bengal......Page 96
An alternative to partition: the united Bengal scheme......Page 143
Redefining borders: the Boundary Commission and the partition of Bengal......Page 165
Construction and consolidation of identities: the Sylhet referendum and partition......Page 187
History of partition or partition of history? The fractured and wounded voice of the people......Page 220
Conclusion......Page 250
Glossary......Page 262
Bibliographical essay......Page 264
Bibliography......Page 273
Index......Page 284

The fragmentation of Bengal and Assam in 1947 was a crucial moment in India's socio-political history as a nation state. Both the British Indian provinces were divided as much through the actions of the Muslim League as by those of Congress and the British colonial power. Attributing partition largely to Hindu communalists is, therefore, historically inaccurate and factually misleading. The Partition of Bengal and Assam provides a review of constitutional and party politics as well as of popular attitudes and perceptions. The primary aim of this book is to unravel the intricate socio-economic and political processes that led up to partition, as Hindus and Muslims competed ferociously for the new power and privileges to be conferred on them with independence. As shown in the book, well before they divorced at a political level, Hindus and Muslims had been cleaved apart by their socio-economic differences. Partition was probably inevitable.