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Bengal Divided

Bengal Divided
Hindu Communalism and Partition, 1932–1947

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Part of Cambridge South Asian Studies

  • Date Published: June 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521523288

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  • Whereas previous studies of the end of British rule in India have concentrated on the negotiations of the transfer of power at the all-India level or have considered the emergence of separatist politics amongst India's Muslim minorities, this study provides a re-evaluation of the history of Bengal focusing on the political and social processes that led to the demand for partition in Bengal and tracing the rise of Hindu communalism. In its most startling revelation, the author shows how the demand for a separate homeland for the Hindus, which was fuelled by a large and powerful section of Hindu society within Bengal, was seen as the only way to regain influence and to wrest power from the Muslim majority. The picture which emerges is one of a stratified and fragmented society moving away from the mainstream of Indian nationalism, and increasingly preoccupied with narrower, more parochial concerns.

    • First book to consider events that led up to partition of Bengal and to examine the issue of Hindu communalism
    • Breaks from traditional historical approach which concentrated on British policy on making up to Independence and Muslim separatism
    • Author is of the new generation of South Asian scholars
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    • Date Published: June 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521523288
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 6 maps 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Bengal politics and the Communal Award
    2. The emergence of the mofussil in Bengal politics
    3. The reorientation of the Bengal Congress, 1937–45
    4. The construction of Bhadralok communal 'identity': culture and communalism in Bengal
    5. Hindu unity and Muslim tyranny: aspects of Hindu Bhadralok politics, 1936–47
    6. The second partition of Bengal, 1945–47
    Conclusion
    Appendix
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Joya Chatterji, University of Cambridge

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