Punjab Research Group

Book review: Violence, Martyrdom and Partition: A Daughter’s Testimony

Posted in Book reviews by Pippa on July 22, 2009

By Nonica Datta

The survivor who offered salvation

A painstakingly honest tale of one woman’s struggle leaves Joanna Lewis humbled

In the twilight of the Raj, for some, love was in the air and knew no boundaries. In a poor rural community in colonial Punjab, a well-off Muslim man fell in love with a beautiful Hindu widow who had a daughter and some very nice tracts of land. They all moved in together and lived unhappily ever after. The local Hindu peasants watched in growing revulsion (in an ever-worsening atmosphere of mutual suspicion, hostility and the abduction of Hindu women) when he also got engaged to the daughter.

Read full review in the THE: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=407194

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