Author: Urvashi Butalia
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140271716
Now available in paperback edition, a landmark widely-acclaimed book providing a revealing look at the realities of Partition.
The partition of India in 1947 caused one of the great human convulsions of history. The statistics are staggering. Twelve million people were displaced; a million died; seventy-five thousand women were said to have been abducted and raped; families were divided; properties lost; homes destroyed. In public memory, however, the violent, disturbing realities that accompanied Partition have remained blanketed in silence. And yet, in private, the voices of Partition have never been stilled and its ramifications have not yet ended.
Urvashi Butalia's remarkable book, the outcome of a decade of interviews and research, looks at what Partition was intended to achieve, and how it worked on the ground, and people's lives. Pieced together from oral narratives and testimonies, in many cases from women, children and dalits - marginal voices never heard before - and supplemented by documents, reports, diaries, memoirs and parliamentary records, this is a moving, personal chronicle of Partition that places people, instead of grand politics , at the center.
These are the untold stories of Partition, stories that India has not dared to confront even after fifty years of independence.
The Other Side of Silence is an important book which can take its place as a sentinel of history - both guarding the past and chaperoning the future. - - The Pioneer
. . Outstanding for its political sincerity and historical significance. - - The Telegraph
Each account is a bleeding wound, each a tragic novel in itself. - - Biblio