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Last week, The Wire began #PartitionAt70, a new series to mark 7- years of independence and especially remember those stories which received little attention in our discourse of Partition, a mammoth event that divided the subcontinent into two separate countries.
Our four videos on Partition include: a visual essay on how the division of a “Golden Bengal” is captured through cinema and literature; an interview with a young and upcoming historian, Aanchal Malhotra, on how she uses material memory to document stories of Partition; a conversation with three scholars on alternative narratives of Partition in academia, literature, art and cinema; and a personal story about graphic novelist Vishwajyoti Ghosh’s visit to his family’s old house in Bangladesh.
Our Partition series will continue till August 15. Also, don’t forget to watch Vidya Shah sing a short ghazal on our latest addition, The Wire Urdu!
1. Listen to Vidya Shah on The Wire Urdu
2. The Looking-Glass Border: The Partition on the East
The terror of Partition is brought out in Bengali cinema, literature and song, such as in the works of Ritwik Ghatak, Amitav Ghosh, Jibanananda Das and Taslima Nasreen. It is through these works of art that Bengals’ people feel an almost violent and secret intimacy, even 70 years after Partition.
3. Remembering Partition Through Objects
Aanchal Malhotra is an artist, writer, oral historian and archivist. Her first book, Remnants of a Separation, was released on August 11, 2017. Her work explores the history of Partition by documenting objects that people brought with them from both sides during the mass exodus.
4. Restorying Partition: Revisiting Childhood
Graphic novelist, Vishwajyoti Ghosh talks about his childhood with his grandparents that were full of stories from the other side, the home they left behind. As a young professional, he travelled to see the place for himself and recollects the experience.
5. The Less Explored Narratives of Partition
Scholars Ravikant, Debjani Sengupta and P.K. Dutta discuss how Partition represents a seminal moment in the regeneration of the subcontinent – one that continues to capture the imagination of Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis alike.