The Partitioning of India: An Unhealed Wound and its Reflections in Literature


The Mountbatten Plan announced on 3 June 1947 for making India free on 15 August 1947. On 18 July 1947 British Parliament passed the Indian Independence Act. This set off the frenzied rush for also dividing British India into the two new states of India and Pakistan. The struggles of partition described through few selected literature and films will be discussed in this course.

1. Introduction
2. Ice Candy Man by Bapsi Sidhwa
3. Train to Pakistan by Kushwant Singh
4.  Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh
5. Short Stories by Saadat Hasan Manto & Summing Up

About the Speakers:
Nilufer E Bharucha is the Director of the Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging: Indian Diaspora Centre, visiting Professor of Humanities, Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences and Former Senior Professor and the Chair, Department of English, all at the University of Mumbai. Professor Bharucha is the Faculty Associate Emeritus, South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley, B.C., Canada and the Global Faculty, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, USA. She has served on the jury of the Commonwealth Literature Award and the Sahitya Akademi, Delhi Literature Award in English. She has also been on the jury for the Rhodes scholarship. She has over 60 papers published in national and international journals and anthologies. She has authored and edited six books in the areas of Postcolonial Indian Writing, Diasporic Indian Literature & Cinema and the Writing of the Parsis. One of her recent books is entitled “Indian Diasporic Literature and Cinema.” She is the co-editor of the CoHaB IDC’s Diaspora Studies Series. She has contributed 3 modules on Indian Diasporic Literature and Cinema to the University Grants Commission’s online Postgraduate E-pathshala. She has published short-stories and has done translations from the Urdu and Gujarati into English.

Preeti Shirodkar has a a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Mumbai. She is an Associate Professor and has over 28 years of experience in teaching English Literature, Communication and Soft Skills. She has conducted numerous training programmes and delivered talks for the academia and industry, served at varied undergraduate and postgraduate departments in Mumbai. She has been to Germany and England as a Visiting Scholar. A Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, she has also completed two Minor Research Projects for the University of Mumbai. She is a recipient of many awards and has written 7 books and has presented and published many articles and papers at national and international forums. She is passionate about teaching, mentoring, editing and creative and critical writing.

Ice Candy Man by Bapsi Sidhwa
Train to Pakistan by Kushwant Singh
Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh
Short Stories by Sadat Hasan Manto and Summing Up

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Duration: 6.5 hours
Lectures: 5
Video: 1.25
Level: Beginner


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