ISBN 9789384030339,The Making of Exile : Sindhi Hindus and the Partition of India

The Making of Exile : Sindhi Hindus and the Partition of India



Westland Publications

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789384030339

ISBN-10 9384030333


Number of Pages 434 Pages
Language (English)

History & Politics

To date, most books on partition have ignored or minimised the Sindhi Hindu experience, which was significantly different from the trials of minorities in Punjab or Bengal. The making of exile hopes to redress this, by turning a spotlight on the specific narratives of the Sindhi Hindu community.

Post-partition, Sindh was relatively free of the inter-communal violence witnessed in Punjab, Bengal and other parts of north India. Consequently, in the first few months of Pakistans early life, Sindhi Hindus did not migrate and remained the most significant minority in west Pakistan.

Starting with the announcement of the partition of India, the making of exile firmly traces the experiences of the community-that went from being a small but powerful minority to becoming the target of communal discrimination, practised by both the state as well as sections of Pakistani society. This climate of communal antipathy threw into sharp relief the help and sympathy extended to Sindhi Hindus by other Pakistani Muslims, both Sindhi and Muhajir. Finally, it was when they became victims of the Karachi pogrom of January 1948 that Sindhi Hindus felt compelled to migrate to India.

The second segment of the book examines the resettlement of the community in India-their first brush with squalid refugee camps, their struggle to make sense of rapidly changing governmental policies and the spirit of determination and enterprise with which they rehabilitated themselves in their new homeland.

Yet, not all Sindhi Hindus chose to migrate and the specific challenges of those who stayed on in Sindh, as well as the difficulties faced by Sindhi Muslims after the formation of Pakistan, have been sensitively documented in the final chapters. Weaving in a variety of narratives-diary entries and memoirs, press reportage, letters to editors and advertisements, legends and poetry, dozens of interviews and a wealth of academic literature - Nandita Bhavnanis the making of exile is one of the most comprehensive and multifaceted studies of the Sindhi experience of Partition.