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Bridge Across the Rivers
Partition Memories from the Two Punjabs
Paper Type: Book Print | Size: 22.2 x 14.6 x 1.6 cm
Black and white
ISBN-10: 9385285734 | ISBN-13: 978-93-85285-73-8

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The history of the Partition is neither singular nor static. It appears different from different perspectives. The past is never over; its presence looms large over our present.The Partition narrative exceeds the bounds of history, to the large scale exodus often referred to as the third partition—most painful and long-lasting in its emotional, political and social contexts. It impacted both collective and individual identities. In some ways it rendered the individual invisible, with identity being transformed into a stereotype, which evoked conventional patterns of behaviour. The heartache and anguish of divided families and frustrated, failed individual lives lay heavy on the joy of a much-coveted freedom.Oral histories break the hegemony of the written. They enter individual psyches to explore morality and ethics, guilt and regret.This collection seeks to debate issues and throw light on discourses other than those of violence and darkness, working with a chronology, located in time. The narratives unfold expectation, hope and harmony, flight and violence, psychological fallouts, gender issues, and questions of guilt and reflection. As the stories trace the shifts in emotions and focus on individual wills, the undercurrents of cultural oneness form a counter discourse.


Jasbir Jain
Jasbir Jain
Editor
Jasbir Jain is the honorary director of the Institute for Research in Interdisciplinary Studies (IRIS), Jaipur. She was a Sahitya Akademi Writer-in-Residence (2009) and Emeritus Fellow (2001-2003), both at the University of Rajasthan. The recipient of several awards, Jain is an elected Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. She has taught at Copenhagen University (Denmark), the University of Tampere (Finland) and St Lawrence University (USA) and been a Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London. Amongst her works are Beyond Post colonialism: The Dreams and Realities of a Nation (2006) and Indigenous Roots of Feminism: Culture, Subjectivity and Agency (2011).
Tripti Jain
Tripti Jain
Editor
Tripti Jain lives in Ajmer, has worked in the Rajasthan education services and has taught Political Science at Government College, Ajmer. A translator, Jain translates from Punjabi and Hindi to English and from English to Hindi. Her translations of Balbir Madhopuri’s Changiya Rukh: Against the Night, Bhagwati Charan Verma’s Bhule Bisre Chitra (Hindi) and Jasbir Jain’s Indigenous Roots of Feminism were published in 2010 and 2014. Her translations of the works of Keki N. Daruwala, Urmila Panwar, Laxman Gaikwad and Lakshmi Kannan have been published in various journals.