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Violence, Martyrdom and Partition: A Daughter's Testimony

Nonica Datta


This book presents the oral testimony of Subhashini (1914–2003), the woman head of a well-known Arya Samaj institution devoted to women's education in rural north India. Subhashini's narrative unfolds a story, within a sea of stories, which has remained silent in the dominant historical discourse. Her memory evokes contrasting images of violence, martyrdom, and Partition. Not 1947 but 1942 — the year of her father's ‘martyrdom’ — is recalled as a violent rupture in her memory. Partition is a moment of celebration, revenge, divine retribution, empathy, remorse, tragedy, and fear. Translating Su ... More

Keywords: Subhashini, oral testimony, Arya Samaj, women's education, narratives, martyrdom, Partition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195699340
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699340.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nonica Datta, author
Nehru Memorial Museum Library

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