WOMAN'S LAND: WOMEN FROM PAKISTAN,
INDIA AND BANGLADESH WRITE ON THE PARTITION OF INDIA
Rs 300 Hb 2004
(Pakistani rights sold. All others available.)
before has a single volume featured non-fiction
writing by women from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh
on the Partition of India. Here, for the first time
are Ismat Chughtai, Sara Suleri, Anees Kidwai, Phulrenu
Guha, Meghna Guha-Thakurta, Shehla Shibli, Manikuntala Sen,
Kamlaben Patel and many others, speaking and writing
about communalism and literature, what they learnt from
refugees, what Partition means to them 50 years later,
and how they define themselves—Hindus? Muslims? Indians?
Pakistanis? Bengalis? All of these or none? Either or
neither? Not-Indian-not-Pakistani? Bangladeshi not Pakistani?
Above all, their accounts raise that most troubling question:
do women have a country? An unusual mix of memoirs, interviews,
reminiscences and reflective essays, this anthology is the first
attempt to present women’s voices on the Partition of India
based on the experience of three countries.
is co-founder of Kali for Women, India's
oldest feminist press, and of Women Unlimited, an associate of Kali for Women.
She has written and published widely on women, and is co-author of
Borders & Boundaries: Women in India's Partition; Unequal Citizens:
A Study of Muslim Women in India; Educating Muslim Girls: A Comparison of Five Indian Cities;
and From Mathura to Manorama: Resisting Violence
Against Women in India. Her most recent book is Out of Line: a literary and political biography of Nayantara Sahgal.
She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2011.