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By Neeti Nair

Changing Homelands deals a startling new point of view on what was once and was once no longer politically attainable in past due colonial India. during this hugely readable account of the partition within the Punjab, Neeti Nair rejects the concept that crucial variations among the Hindu and Muslim groups made political payment most unlikely. faraway from being an inevitable resolution, the belief of partition used to be a truly overdue, wonderful shock to the vast majority of Hindus within the region.

In tracing the political and social background of the Punjab from the early years of the 20 th century, Nair overturns the entrenched view that Muslims have been accountable for the partition of India. a few robust Punjabi Hindus additionally most well liked partition and contributed to its adoption. virtually nobody, besides the fact that, foresaw the deaths and devastation that might stick with in its wake.

Though a lot has been written at the politics of the Muslim and Sikh groups within the Punjab, Nair is the 1st historian to target the Hindu minority, either prior to and lengthy after the divide of 1947. She engages with politics in post-Partition India via drawing from oral histories that display the complicated courting among reminiscence and history—a courting that maintains to notify politics among India and Pakistan.


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