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This is a chronological account of what happened in 1947 when the Punjab Province of British India was partitioned The Swedish Research Council awarded a very generous three year research grant to enable me to carry out the investigation It is the only comprehensive and complete study of the partition process in the Punjab beginning with the election campaign of 1945 and culminating in December 1947 It proceeds at two levels Reviewed by M RajivlochanTHE people of South Asia have been particularly ill served by their political leaders This judicious work provides a detailed analysis of their misdoings that resulted in the bloody partition of the PunjabSelf serving short sighted unmindful of the concerns of the people and uick to cater to the basest of feelings among the people the political leaders found the withdrawal of the British Empire from India as a great opportunity to grab for themselves as much as they could In the process they created unprecedented pain for the people That pain still rankles and still creates bad blood between the two nationsThere are four uniue contributions that Ishtia Ahmed makes to the large corpus that studies the Partition of India One he provides a theoretical underpinning to understand why people living peacefully for many generations can become so aggressive and hostile to each other all of a sudden Two he gleans much important information from official communications Three he interviews a large body of people who witnessed the carnage of Partition evaluates their memories for veracity provides us with one of the most comprehensive archive of what people went through at the time of Independence Finally he brings together all this information to provide us with perhaps for the first time a comprehensive account of what the people of the Punjab went through during PartitionAhmed brings to bear his skills as a political scientist to explain the politicking that went on during the time of Partition The elections did not yield a clear majority to any particular political party The result was that the political parties of Punjab began to posture wildly in order to attract popular support or at least prevent others from forming a stable government The communal idiom came in handy for all Over my dead body ceased to be a turn of phrase Matters were not helped by political leaders who took too seriously their belief that they came from a warrior stock and that their so called lineage compelled them to swing around the sword or worseTo this was added the almost complete collapse of the administration What little was left of government presence in those days itself became partial to communalism The way had been opened for the goondas of all communities to take over the streets and attack people of the other community Their ferocity easily overwhelmed the good people who tried to help out each other and contain the communal conflagration Animosities real or imagined began to play out in a deadly drama that left over 1 million dead and 17 million displaced Ahmed records all this in great detailBy the time the tragedy had played out its first act many Muslims had been killed than Hindus and the Hindus and Sikhs had lost much property than the Muslims Narratives and analyses of the partition in India usually paper over this detail to portray Hindus as the helpless victims of Muslims with the Sikhs putting up a brave front to defend themselves and their neighbours Ahmed judiciously sets the record straight by providing a large amount of oral and documentary evidence to the contrary from the district level Much of it is also about the manner in which the Muslim League employed goondas to crush the nationalist Muslims those who were against the creation of Pakistan and against the violence that was taking placeThe Communists on both sides of the border were confounded with the happenings around them With a commitment to the idea of self determination by the people of their political future they could merely rub their collective hands in helplessness while people went about creating a nation for themselves on the basis of religion inspired disorderAhmed writes lightly yet manages to remain magisterial If there is an absence in this book it is about the gains made by the goondas through Partition And if there is a flaw it is of a sloppy proof reading and copy editing To just point Acquainted with the Night is a chronological account of what happened Superheroes in 1947 when the Punjab Province of British India was partitioned The Swedish Research Council awarded a very generous three year research grant to enable me to carry out the سرطان الروح investigation It Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers is the only comprehensive and complete study of the partition process The Giant's Brain Vapor: Brain Opened and Release All Its Cells for One Year Eight Months. 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Secret British deliberations and decisions and the ground reality in the Punjab Most time and effort has been devoted to tracing survivors and eyewitnesses from 1947 In some cases I have collected evidence of the same incident from the two opposing sides after 55 63 years Such a work will never be possible later because the generation on whose testimony it is base will be gone The partition of the Punjab resulted in the bigge This book has it all It should serve as an encyclopedia for anyone who wants to know anything about the Partition Great research put on paper Kudos to the author Getting Justice and Getting Even: Legal Consciousness among Working-Class Americans in the Punjab Most time and effort has been devoted to tracing survivors and eyewitnesses from 1947 In some cases I have collected evidence of the same Soegija in Frames incident from the two opposing sides after 55 63 years Such a work will never be possible later because the generation on whose testimony Beans and Rice, Rice and Beans it Lords of Misrule: Mardi Gras and the Politics of Race in New Orleans is base will be gone The partition of the Punjab resulted The Miracle Match: Chappell, Lillee, Richards and the most electric moment in Australian Cricket in the bigge This book has The Dreadlock Journey it all It should serve as an encyclopedia for anyone who wants to know anything about the Partition Great research put on paper Kudos to the author

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St forced migration in history some 14 million people altogether of which 10 million were from the Punjab It also resulted in the first major case of ethnic cleansing after the Second World War on both sides of the divided Punjab unwanted minorities were driven away or killed Some 500000 to 800000 people were killed It is an unprecedented work and will most certainly become the standard reference on the partition of the Punja It's an eye openerSo much brutality and death in name of religion and nationalism The Meri Scott Show (London Loving Book 2) in history some 14 million people altogether of which 10 million were from the Punjab It also resulted Matthew Everingham, A First Fleeter And His Times in the first major case of ethnic cleansing after the Second World War on both sides of the divided Punjab unwanted minorities were driven away or killed Some 500000 to 800000 people were killed It بیست و چهار ساعت در خواب و بیداری is an unprecedented work and will most certainly become the standard reference on the partition of the Punja It's an eye openerSo much brutality and death Getting Justice and Getting Even: Legal Consciousness among Working-Class Americans in name of religion and nationalism


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  1. says:

    The book is a very detailed account of Punjab's partition in 1947 Interesting that before reading this book I considered the Partition in 1947 of Pakistan to be solely composed of Punjab It only while reading the book that it dawned upon me that there was another large province also partitioned in 1947 with very different results In comparison with Punjab Bengali partition was a non event even with its large proportion of Hindu population So Sikhs and the martial legacy of Punjabis was a big factor in the massive rioting and looting in Punjab Maybe the comparison between the two Partitions would make another interesting case of study one day?Anyway this great study offers some very interesting observationsThe Punjabi Unionist party decided to support Muslim League only after Congress made known that they would outlaw feudal system once in powerThe British government believed that if threatened with the division of Punjab and Bengal Jinnah would back down from his demand for separate PakistanSikhs were left with no option but to support the Congress as it professed a secularist policy as opposed to Muslim League with its very Islamic oneThe only reason why the British did not publicly announce the partition of Punjab before time seems to be that they wanted to continue playing the communal card It's interesting how all major players ML Congress played the communal card threatening each other with its macabre ramifications instead of making contingency plans for when it eventually happened Why wasn't the Muslim League not invited to form a government 1946 in Punjab first even when it was the largest party? And why would Congress accept such a weak role in power in a province where communal tensions were already dangerously inflamed?The British Raj had taken a policy decision to use their army and police to prioritize saving their own people above any of the localsThe returning Punjabi vets from Second World War after witnessing the developed world first hand of their masters came back to even worst conditions then they had left This raised the level of anger which prompted them to take action against the minority Hindu and Sikhs affluent class in the Rawalpindi division The majority of the killing and looting was done by the have not peasant HinduSikhs and the Muslims classes The affluent class was the victims not the main perpetrators of the atrocities Why did Jinnah refuse Mountbatten as the joint governor general of Pakistan and India when he was perfectly happy with British as governors and chief's of army staff?


  2. says:

    Reviewed by M RajivlochanTHE people of South Asia have been particularly ill served by their political leaders This judicious work provides a detailed analysis of their misdoings that resulted in the bloody partition of the PunjabSelf serving short sighted unmindful of the concerns of the people and uick to cater to the basest of feelings among the people the political leaders found the withdrawal of the British Empire from India as a great opportunity to grab for themselves as much as they could In the process they created unprecedented pain for the people That pain still rankles and still creates bad blood between the two nationsThere are four uniue contributions that Ishtia Ahmed makes to the large corpus that studies the Partition of India One he provides a theoretical underpinning to understand why people living peacefully for many generations can become so aggressive and hostile to each other all of a sudden Two he gleans much important information from official communications Three he interviews a large body of people who witnessed the carnage of Partition evaluates their memories for veracity provides us with one of the most comprehensive archive of what people went through at the time of Independence Finally he brings together all this information to provide us with perhaps for the first time a comprehensive account of what the people of the Punjab went through during PartitionAhmed brings to bear his skills as a political scientist to explain the politicking that went on during the time of Partition The elections did not yield a clear majority to any particular political party The result was that the political parties of Punjab began to posture wildly in order to attract popular support or at least prevent others from forming a stable government The communal idiom came in handy for all Over my dead body ceased to be a turn of phrase Matters were not helped by political leaders who took too seriously their belief that they came from a warrior stock and that their so called lineage compelled them to swing around the sword or worseTo this was added the almost complete collapse of the administration What little was left of government presence in those days itself became partial to communalism The way had been opened for the goondas of all communities to take over the streets and attack people of the other community Their ferocity easily overwhelmed the good people who tried to help out each other and contain the communal conflagration Animosities real or imagined began to play out in a deadly drama that left over 1 million dead and 17 million displaced Ahmed records all this in great detailBy the time the tragedy had played out its first act many Muslims had been killed than Hindus and the Hindus and Sikhs had lost much property than the Muslims Narratives and analyses of the partition in India usually paper over this detail to portray Hindus as the helpless victims of Muslims with the Sikhs putting up a brave front to defend themselves and their neighbours Ahmed judiciously sets the record straight by providing a large amount of oral and documentary evidence to the contrary from the district level Much of it is also about the manner in which the Muslim League employed goondas to crush the nationalist Muslims those who were against the creation of Pakistan and against the violence that was taking placeThe Communists on both sides of the border were confounded with the happenings around them With a commitment to the idea of self determination by the people of their political future they could merely rub their collective hands in helplessness while people went about creating a nation for themselves on the basis of religion inspired disorderAhmed writes lightly yet manages to remain magisterial If there is an absence in this book it is about the gains made by the goondas through Partition And if there is a flaw it is of a sloppy proof reading and copy editing To just point out two it should have been easy to notice that the language of the Brahmins was not Sanskrit p26 and there was no SSP in Lahore in 1946 47 p153


  3. says:

    My only regret is that why I failed to read this earlier An epic piece on United Punjab


  4. says:

    This is a masterly account by Professor Ishtia Ahmed of the Partition days and the tragedy that befell to those who migrated across both sides of the border the author sets the tone early by uoting Amrita Pritam's Ode to Waris Shah it's a tale drenched in blood and inhumanity It moves the reader to tears again and again and again It's a tale of how people turned into vultures for a variety of reasons of humanity was murdered across Punjab in vast numbers But then it's also a tale of how humanity survived through brave souls who rose up to the occasion and offered help and protection to those who over nightly were declared enemies by the community Spanning almost 550 pages this is a long read yet one longs for by the end of it For a reader not familiar with a map of Punjab there is an issue It's not littered with maps as it should have been There's a good referencing bibliography given with each chapter Basically the book is divided into to main parts; One consists of stories and incidents of people who migrated from West Punjab to East Punjab and the other vice versa the first part is dense by comparison The author makes use of old published accounts British official records government reports and then from self conducted interviews from the survivors of the ordeal This book is a must read for anyone interested in the study of Partition it opens the eyes I shall go as far as to say it should be made part of syllabus so that we know that atrocities occurred at both ends That we have a torrid past in a hope that we can learn from it


  5. says:

    This book has it all It should serve as an encyclopedia for anyone who wants to know anything about the Partition Great research put on paper Kudos to the author


  6. says:

    One of the best books with documents from Secret British letters and telegrams by Governor of West Punjab Francis Mudie and by Jenkins Governor of both West and East Punjab before Aug14th1947 to Mountbatten from Aug1 13 th 1947Jenkins gave great details of events leading to bloodshed and Mudie sent a letter to Jinnah confirming that No Sikhs will remain in West PunjabAhmed confirmed that letter with Mudie Ahmed confirmed that massacre in Sikh villages near Rawalpindi in March 1947when British took one week to send Army thereRawalpindi had a big Army cantonment with ready soldiers Also why Jinnah and Liauat Ali Khan kept their silence on this massacre? He talked to Ambassdor Moni Chadha who lost most of his family there LaterAhmed found the key culprit behind Shahalmi fire in June1947 in Lahore who provided 2 pages detailed account of how he was recruited to light the firehow Magistrate Cheema arranged a Muslim Police sub inspector to be on duty and provided kerosene to mix that in water drums I saw that fire and I knew that police was behind it and Kerosene was mixed in water but I did not Know Magistrate Cheema planned it Cheema burnt most of Lahore after that from Aug10 13th1947 with Baluch Regiment joining in on Aug14th in killing Indian Army soldiers and Non Muslim refugees headed to AmritsarAhmed has provided daily telegrams by Governor Jenkins of United Punjab from Aug1 13th Aug1947 To Mountbatten Viceroy of India He also included the letter from Governor Francis Mudie to Jinnahwhich he confirmed with Mudie Ahmed calculated the killings and migration data from various official reports and confirmed them with First Person accounts from Muslims and Non Muslims in West and East Punjab I am amazed at his balanced writing without being influenced by his past Two books one by Durga Das and the other by Larry Collins and Dominiue Lapierre have my respect for balanced reporting But Ishtia Ahmed book answers my memories of my experiences in 1947 in DharampuraLahore I now believe that our house was looted around Aug13 14th and not Aug17 18th in the presence of CaptGhosh and 6 Indian soldiersMuslim JCO gave a correct account to my father that when he went to our houselooting was over and he found 3 pieces of furniture that belonged to me This JCO was incharge of burying dead bodies or cremating them using his heavy bull dozers of Military Engineering Services near the Attari Wagah borderHe came from Lahore Cantonment daily We knew situation was deteriorating in July1947but did not know that it was 99% over by Aug14th1947 in Lahore during my father's absence leavefrom his job in Lahore Cantonment to pick us up in Dalhousie Because of Logistics nightmarewe were stuck in Dalhousie but finally reached Delhi in mid Oct1947 Unknown to manyMuslim SSO Captain flew Pakistan Flag in Dalhousie on Aug14th1947 That flag was taken down on Aug17th and India's flag was flown on 17th Aug1947 by an elderly Sikh gentleman in the middle of Dalhousie 3 miles from Cantonment


  7. says:

    It's an eye openerSo much brutality and death in name of religion and nationalism


  8. says:

    This is an excellent book It is all of the adjectives that I have used in the title of the review It is very readable Extremely well researched and balanced it gives a marvellous insight into the happenings of the times It took me some time before I had the courage to read the book given that this is a rather emotional subject for me He starts with a chapter on ethnic cleansing which I originally thought was not needed Later I realised the importance of this chapter There were surprises like the alleged involvement of Sardar Vallabhai Patel The antagonism between Mountbatten and Jinnah no surprise The individual stories are heartwarming and heartbreaking People tend to come together unless pulled apart by politicians Sometimes they have tragic conseuences like in the Punjab A brilliant book and is a must read


  9. says:

    For my history assignment


  10. says:

    Excellent narrative of partition It's a must read for all who want to know what lead to horror of partition It gives an inside to the liberal minded people but shortage of commodities returning soldiers carrying rifles and nothing to do