Burden of History: Assam and the Partition-Unresolved Issues

ISBN : 9780199478361

Udayon Misra
264 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jan 2018
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This work deals with the years immediately preceding the Partition of India and takes up issues of land, language, immigration, and identity in Assam, where they continue to occupy public space. The effects of the Partition continue to hang as a spectre over the entire region. In Assam's case, its recent history seems to have subsumed its 'glorious past', with geography playing a crucial role in determining its present position vis-a-vis the Indian state. The author outlines the present contentious issues in the state, which seem to defy any solution and which are increasingly adding to the growing human tragedy of the region in the light of developments which occurred in the pre- and post-Partition years. In order to understand this and explain why the challenge posed by Assam held serious consequences for the Indian state, this work examines the developments that occurred in the years preceding the Partition and Independence-developments which have etched their effect on the society, politics, and economy of Assam and also the entire north-eastern region in an indelible manner.


Acknowledgements _; Preface; 1 Introduction; 2 The Critical Forties I; 3 The Critical Forties II; 4 The Question of Sylhet and the Assamese; 5 Unresolved Issues of Partition Politics; Bibliography; Appendices; About the Author

About the author: 

Udayon Misra is Former Professor and Head of the Department of English, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam. He was Former National Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. His last book, Indias North-East: Identity Movements, State, and Civil Society, was published by OUP in 2014. Udayon Misra writes for several leading newspapers and contributes regularly to Economic and Political Weekly and The Book Review.

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