On our Independence day-2013-Part 1

Prashant Bhatt's notes

On the occasion of the independence of India-Pakistan, our reading
group went through some works of Indian novelists who conveyed
some of the historical realities which could not be conveyed in
official histories.


One session started with Edward Said’s “Orientalism” in
which the concept of the West speaking for the silenced subalterns
of the Orient is exposed. The relevance in today’s world and psyche
of Indian subcontinent can be gauged by the inner life of the legendary runner Milkha Singh which is portrayed in the movie -“Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”

Partition which came with independence is still a very emotive topic
in the subcontinent. The summer of 1947 was unlike any other in
Indian history, seeing the migration of around 15 million people and
murdering of around 1 million. Nehru’s “Tryst with Destiny” speech
does not address these aspects which were dealt with by writers
such as Khushwant Singh in…

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