Virtual Special Issue - 70th Anniversary of the Partition of India Wasafiri


At Midnight on the 14th August 1947, British rule in India officially ended with the partition of India to create two new countries: Pakistan with its West and East Wings (the latter became independent Bangladesh in 1971) and India wedged in-between.

The break up along religious lines resulted in a migration of an estimated 15 million people – many Muslims moving to Pakistan from India and Hindus and Sikhs leaving in the opposite direction. The newly established governments were ill-equipped to deal with the violence provoked in the run-up to and after Partition on both sides of the border, and the resulting fall-out from the large scale of migration.

On the 70th anniversary of Partition, we have selected eight articles that feature Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi literature and culture, as well as other communities who were caught in the upheaval. The articles span the 33 year history of Wasafiri Magazine and include a piece on Independence Day from 1997, an interview with Salman Rushdie and an overview of South Asian Publishing.

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These articles will be free to read until the end of September.