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Looting in the NWFP and Punjab: Property and Violence in the Partition of 1947

Author(s): 
Ilyas Chattha
Publisher/Sponsor: 
South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies
www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00856401.2021.1980951

According to Police Special Branch intelligence reports, amidst the chaos of Partition, over 60,000 ounces of gold were stolen from fleeing Hindus and Sikhs in 1947. Alongside political identity and religious organisation and territorialisation, desire for wealth or property was a key trigger for the continuation of the Partition violence. This article documents organised communal violence which erupted in the NWFP and Punjab during 1946–47 using largely underutilised police and intelligence reports from the period. The empirical focus of the article is two-fold.

Cart Full of Husk: A Novel About the Partition of India

NK Sondhi
CreateSpace Publishing
2014

Panjab 1947: a heart divided

Publisher/Sponsor: 
The National Archives
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/panjab1947/

From The National Archives: The National Archives has recorded the narratives of four Panjabi elders uprooted from their homeland during the Partition of British India in 1947. At least 18 million people were uprooted and one million died in the mass migration that followed. In 2010, Jaswant, Mohammed, Reginald and Tilak Raj met at The National Archives to describe how Partition had shaped their lives.

15th August 1947: India after Partition is declared Independent of British Rule

Publisher/Sponsor: 
Maps of India
www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/15th-august-1947-india-after-partition-is-declared-independent-of-british-rule

Maps of India offers a summary of events that describe the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan.

Train to India: Memories of Another Bengal

Dhar
Maloy Krishna
Penguin Books India
2009

The Tragic Story Of Partition

H.V. Seshadri
Sahitya Sindhu Prakashana
1998

Wavell and the Dying Days of the Raj: Britain's Penultimate Viceroy in India

Mohammad Iqbal Chawla
Oxford University Press
2012

From Mutiny to Mountbatten : A Biographical Sketch of and Writings by Altaf Hussain, Former Editor of Dawn

Zubair
Altaf Hussain
Routledge
1996

Child of the Divide

Sudha Bhuchar
Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
2006

Hindus Betrayed : Bharat on the Threshold of Another Partition

Kanayalal M Talreja
R.S. Narayanaswami
Rashtriya Chetana Sangathan
1997

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