PHD SCHOLAR, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
UNIVERSITY OF JAMMU
JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA
Trauma and Triumph: Gender and Partition in Eastern India by Jasodhara Bagchi and Subhoranjan- Dasgupta is an eye opening book dealing with the scourge of partition. The editors have drawn upon interviews with women who were uprooted in the fateful year of 1947. The work is a fine collection of diaries, memoirs and creative literature. The book is a nonfictional text and a fine revelation of history of displacement, rape and loss of women. The paper explicitly discusses the trauma of partition in 1947 in Eastern India. The lack of overt public discourse meant that people outside Bengal believed that impact of partition was limited in the east. The sufferings, the loss of life, livelihoods were very real but of a different nature from the fast moving horror of Punjab. In the East it seemed like an oozing wound. It brings out effectively the price being paid in terms of loss of homes, property and dignity by women. The paper probes deep into enormity of a situation which is both a historical and political reality and brings out its deeper consequences on female psyche.
Keywords: National Divide, Violence of Partition, East Indian Crisis, Women’s loss, Patriarchy, Horror of Rape, Mass Murder, Displacement, Refugees, Identity Crisis.