Bengal Divided: Hindu Communalism and Partition, 1932-1947

Bengal Divided: Hindu Communalism and Partition, 1932-1947

by Joya Chatterji
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521523281

ISBN-13: 9780521523288

Pub. Date: 06/06/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Whereas previous studies of the end of British rule in India have concentrated on the negotiations of the transfer of power at the all-India level or have considered the emergence of separatist politics amongst India's Muslim minorities, this study provides a re-evaluation of the history of Bengal focusing on the political and social processes that led to the

Overview

Whereas previous studies of the end of British rule in India have concentrated on the negotiations of the transfer of power at the all-India level or have considered the emergence of separatist politics amongst India's Muslim minorities, this study provides a re-evaluation of the history of Bengal focusing on the political and social processes that led to the demand for partition in Bengal and tracing the rise of Hindu communalism. In its most startling revelation, the author shows how the demand for a separate homeland for the Hindus, which was fuelled by a large and powerful section of Hindu society within Bengal, was seen as the only way to regain influence and to wrest power from the Muslim majority. The picture which emerges is one of a stratified and fragmented society moving away from the mainstream of Indian nationalism, and increasingly preoccupied with narrower, more parochial concerns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521523288
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/06/2002
Series:
Cambridge South Asian Studies Series, #57
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
783,167
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Bengal politics and the Communal Award; 2. The emergence of the mofussil in Bengal politics; 3. The reorientation of the Bengal Congress, 1937–45; 4. The construction of Bhadralok communal 'identity': culture and communalism in Bengal; 5. Hindu unity and Muslim tyranny: aspects of Hindu Bhadralok politics, 1936–47; 6. The second partition of Bengal, 1945–47; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography.

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