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ve ver read beyond the disciplinary boundaries of sociologythis changed my life read beyond the disciplinary boundaries of sociologythis book changed my life i thought of my life then and what i decided to do with it afterread it A haunting glimpse at to what women No Beast So Fierce endured during the 1947 partition I read this book because I wanted to learn about the topic After reading this book I learned why my grandmother was never able to speak about herxperiences during the partition Awesome in many sense Will write a detailed review Great source for my history project on women in partition I googled some of the social workers and people mentioned in the interviews but I can t find hardly any other research done on their lives which is sad and surprising because their stories are so incredible and complex Which makes me think there are so many brave and tragic stories these women from partition could tell that would greatly benefit humanity but are lost in history Probably one of the difficult books I ve read and asily the book that took me the longest to get through The main reasons being it is so packed with facts figures of Partition history that I did not want to miss a beat although I probably have to go back to it a few times ven now it is a disturbing subject given what happened to women as a result of Partition both at the hands of the other but perhaps tragically at the hands of their own families and country and finally because the subject makes for dry reading with heavy tracts of feminist theory thrown in much of which I agree with but makes for the feeling of being lectured This is also perhaps one of the most important books written about the 1947 Partition of India and its aftermath If the subject of India s Partition is of interest then this is a must read I don t think I will Last Chance Bride ever stop being amazed at how well we at least in India have kept under wraps what was done unto women during Partition not just by the other side but by those who were their own and how that gruesome tragedy multipliedven after Partition when women continued to be treated like objects who had no say no agency whatsoever in deciding their own destinies yet continued to carry the ntire burden of a ridiculously fragile honor placed suarely on their shoulders Read be amazed and fum. Eath by their own kinsmen Nearly 100000 women were abducted during the migration A young woman might have been separated from her family when a convoy was ambushed abducted by people of another religion forced to convert and forced into marriage or cohabitation After bearing a child she would be offered the opportunity to return only if she left her child behind and if she could face shame in her natal community These stories do not paint their subjects as victims Theirs are the stories of battles over gender the body sexuality and nationalism stories of women fighting for identit. ,
I think I would have really loved this book if they d given me nough time to finish it Two chapters as course assignment and I am done with the book That must be how Kennan felt when as a Russia and Germany specialist he was reassigned to deal with East Asian affairs I don t understand what the book is talking about I cannot comprehend the subject Using interviews with Paritition survivors social workers "and family members Ritu Menon constructs a feminist history of Partition The is structured into chapters around specific themes g "family members Ritu Menon constructs a feminist history of Partition The book is structured into chapters around specific themes g violence against women City Girl in Training experiences of widowstc Mystery at Kittiwake Bay each chapter begins with interviews and concludes with an analysis that creates a feminist reading of Partition By doing so Menon interrogates the relationship betwen women and the nascent states of South Asia in 1947 the relationship between women and their communities and the relationship between women and their families Community religious andthnic family and national identity all come into conflict for women much less so for men and the manner in which women and the state negotiate these conflicts provide insight into the way patriarchal structures were reified by the new states and the roles women played and continue to play as boundary markers of community and nation The discussions around acceptable violence against women family members and communities killing women rather than allowing them to be dishonored and the state s role in recovering women from the neighboring state are particularly illuminating Familial and national memory in South Asia celebrate the women who sacrificed and killed themselves to preserve the community honor during Partition Male family members remain silent about any possible reservations women may have had instead presenting the history as a single narrative of women choosing death over dishonor The state does not view
THESE KILLINGS AS MURDER THE HISTORICAL MEMORY IS VERY killings as murder The historical memory is very to for instance historical memory about Rani Padmini Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files etc The interviews reveal a standard feminist criticism of thesevents the women faced limited choices if any and the killings are societally acceptable femicide While few statistics remain I would be interested in decomposing Partition violence to understand what fraction of deaths were within commu. As an The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, event of shattering conseuence the Partition of India remains significant today While Partition sounds smooth on paper the reality was horrific More thanight million people migrated and one million died in the process The forced migration violence between Hindus and Muslims and mass widowhood were unprecedented and well documented What was less obvious but ually real was that millions of people had to realign their identities uncertain about who they thought they were The rending of the social and motional fabric that took place in 1947 is still far from mendedWhile ther. .
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similarly suborns the the of women to the perverse logic of community honor Many women who were abducted during Partition made new lives themselves lives that may have been freeing than the confining lives they would have lived in their own communities but were denied the right to live where they chose being forcibly repatriated Of note is that the women social workers who were participating in these An Italian Education efforts all came to understand that the state was not acting in the interests of these women all voicing concerns and protests to superiors The state s action in these cases abrogated the civil rights of women as citizens in favor of defining women as religious subjects something that the lawmakers at the timexplicitly understood see the debates in the Lok Sabha and something that continues to this day In so doing the state mbodies the fraternal brotherhood of male citizens maintaining control over women s bodies and reproductionOne of the standout
Features Of The Book Are The Extensive Interviews Reproduced In of the book are the xtensive interviews reproduced in The women they interview have amazing stories to tell All the interviewees have theories of why Partition happened that they xplain at length A remarkable consistency in the interviews is the anger and blame these women direct towards Hindu orthodoxy and its role in poisoning relations between people The book is worth reading for the final interview with Taran alone where she voices the need to make petrol bombs at age 55 because the state has abrogated its responsibility in protecting her rights as a citizen and she will be damned if she doesn t kill her attackers this time around I wish there had been a bit in the book about survey design how did they find the women to interview what are these womens demographic characteristics are the women they interview overrepresenting certain classesgroups are they basing their analysis on a single interview or multiple interviews with similar themes tc Regardless the book is Daddy Wanted essential reading another gem from Prof Goswami Beautifully and touchingly historically accurate account This book brought me history poetry and reunion and I mver grateful This book reunited me with my very Delhi Dad gave me some light of his life and what formed him Some years back I was. E are plenty of official accounts of Partition there are few social histories and no feminist histories Borders and Boundaries changes that providing first hand accounts and memoirs juxtaposed alongside official government accounts The authors make women not only visible but central They Forbidden Stranger explore what country nation and religious identity meant for women and they address the uestion of the nation state and the gendering of citizenship In the largestver peace time mass migration of people violence against women became the norm Thousands of women committed suicide or were done to