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Siddhartha Deb: The Story of Partition, 1 January 2009

The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan 
by Yasmin Khan.
Yale, 251 pp., £9.99, October 2008, 978 0 300 14333 1
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The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories 
by Vazira Fazila-YacoobaliZamindar.
Columbia, 288 pp., £29.50, October 2007, 978 0 231 13846 8
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... the houses of members of minority religions in revenge for their own expulsion. Both Khan and Vazira Zamindar attempt to untangle the causes and effects of the exceptional violence, and do so rigorously and even-handedly, but there is no escaping the melancholy tone that pervades their books. Khan writes of the way that earlier accounts of Partition ...

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