Coming Out of Partition - Refugee Women of Bengal

Coming Out of Partition - Refugee Women of Bengal

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Author: Gargi Chakravartty
Publisher: Blue Jay Books
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 200
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188575453


Partition has by and large come to mean the vivisection of Punjab as well as the holocaust accompanying it. Bengal suffers from a relative neglect, although of late some studies have focused on the trauma that Bengal underwent during and after 1947.

This book portrays the hardships experienced by women in the aftermath of the Bengal Partition and how they were able to emerge as a distinct category of refugee women in due course. Their struggles for shelter, food and jobs became part of the wider women’s movement. Facing the tremendous challenge of rebuilding their lives in a different environment, these uprooted women gradually turned into activists.

An interesting aspect is the author’s attempt to initiate a comparative study of the Muslim women of the two Bengals in the post-Partition period.


Refugee women was a new social category that owed its very painful birth to the shattering events of partition. At the same time forced into new public and political roles and identities they also came to possess spaces that had been denied to them in more secure and sheltered times. The complex dialectic of such a turbulent history is defined and explored in this book with remarkable deftness.
-Tanika Sarkar
Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University




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