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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-Yacoobali Zamindar.
Columbia, 288 pp., £29.50, October 2007, 978 0 231 13846 8
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... wasn’t the clean break claimed by national histories. The one thing that was clear in 1946, Yasmin Khan writes in The Great Partition, is that ‘two parties, the Congress and the League, would be at the forefront of leading and designing the new state, or states.’ Everything else was uncertain, and if the British had not been in such a hurry to ...

Diary

D.A.N. Jones: In Baghdad , 5 July 1984

... gay. Plenty of beer bars and open-air coffee stalls, pastrycook shops for Hassan and balconies for Yasmin, most of them carrying colourful posters of the Rais – reading or praying, fatherly with children or dutiful in uniform. But this was April 1984, remember: confronted by so many pictures of ‘a man of about 45, with a heavy black moustache and ruggedly ...

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