Violence, Martyrdom and Partition: A Daughter's Testimony by Nonica DattaViolence, Martyrdom and Partition: A Daughter's Testimony by Nonica Datta

Violence, Martyrdom and Partition: A Daughter's Testimony

byNonica Datta

Paperback | September 3, 2012

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This book presents the oral testimony of Subhashini (1914-2003), a woman living in north India, which is crafted as parallel history. Her candid, contradictory, repetitive narrative suggests a remarkable interplay of individual and collective remembrance.This book unfolds a story, within a sea of stories that has remained forgotten in the dominant historical narratives, and offers contrasting images of violence, martyrdom and Partition. Not 1947 but 1942 - the year of her father's 'martyrdom' - is recalled as a violent rupture in the narrator'smemory. Partition is a moment of celebration, revenge, divine retribution, empathy, remorse, ambivalence and fear. The testimony defies the binary opposition between victim and victimizer, witness and survivor, aggressor and spectator. It expresses the spirit of spoken word interwoven with asomewhat inchoate social history of memory and personal experience, and opens up historians' territory. Moving beyond a profoundly influential historical event, this book offers a parallel history of events and non-events, memory and history, testimony and experience.
Nonica Datta is Associate Professor of History, Miranda House at the University of Delhi.
Title:Violence, Martyrdom and Partition: A Daughter's TestimonyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:September 3, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198083998

ISBN - 13:9780198083993

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Table of Contents

List of Photographs and MapPreface1. Introducing Subhashini2. A Daughter's TestimonyPart One: A Pitch Dark NightPart Two: Pitaji ka BalidanPart Three: The Vultures Ruled3. A Letter to SubhashiniGlossaryIndex