The Spoils of Partition: Bengal and India, 1947–1967

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 15, 2007 - History
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The partition of India in 1947 was a seminal event of the twentieth century. Much has been written about the Punjab and the creation of West Pakistan; by contrast, little is known about the partition of Bengal. This remarkable book by an acknowledged expert on the subject assesses the social, economic and political consequences of partition. Using compelling sources, the book, which was originally published in 2007, shows how and why the borders were redrawn, how the creation of new nation states led to unprecedented upheavals, massive shifts in population and wholly unexpected transformations of the political landscape in both Bengal and India. The book also reveals how the spoils of partition, which the Congress in Bengal had expected from the new boundaries, were squandered over the twenty years which followed. This is an intriguing and challenging work whose findings change our understanding and its consequences for the history of the subcontinent.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Hopes and fears
17
new borders for a new state
19
West Bengal and the new India
61
The Bengal diaspora
103
refugees in West Bengal 19471967
105
partition and West Bengals Muslim minorities
159
The politics of a partitioned state
209
Congress government and politics 19471967
211
the rise of the opposition in West Bengal
260
Conclusion
310
Appendix
318
Bibliography
320
Index
332
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