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Map Making: Partition Stories from Two Bengals

Ashis Nandy (Foreword)
Debjani Sengupta (Author, Editor)
Srishti Publishers & Distributors
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Mapmaking: Partition Stories from Two Bengals brings together renowned writers from Bangladesh and West Bengal including Ritwik Ghatak, Hasan Azizul Haq and Manik Bandopadhayay. It is a unique attempt to see how partition has shaped the narrative of the two regions that share a common language, culture and heritage. These haunting narratives question the finality and resolution of partition, the insufficiency of memories and the instability of borders. As the stories unfold a tragic tale of the loss of a world, we once again come to witness how every time narratives of the partition are re-told, they point towards our changing values, our present and our future. In the Foreword, Ashis Nandy, in his inimitable style explains the hegemony of silence on partition, 'Perhaps the principal reason for the desperate refusal to work through the memories of 1946-48 is that these memories do not genuinely fit our acquired concepts of nationalism, progress and the state. They demand a different approach to the dominant ideas of governance and statecraft, to mass violence and resistance to it at grassroots'