Partition Of Bengal Through Ritwik Ghatak 's The Road, And Dibyendu
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The Other Partition: A Study of Partition of Bengal through Ritwik Ghatak’s The Road, and Dibyendu
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The fundamental question which strikes us when it comes to Diasporic and Post-Colonial Literature is that are the two irrevocably interrelated? Can Partition Literature be a sub-section within the larger umbrella term of Diasporic Literature? Vijay Mishra in his essay ‘Introduction: The Diaspotic Imaginary’, argues how ‘Diaspora’ has been a culturally specific term: fundamentally used to describe the exodus of the Jewish community. However, the contemporary definition of Diaspora has broadened and has included within itself lives of ‘any group living in displacement’ (Mishra, 13). For Mishra it’s a postmodern move which dismantles ‘Logocentricism’ and linear view of human affairs. Partition of India, along with being a political resettlement of borders, was a horrific reality of loot, murder, riot, rape, abduction, along with the trauma of migration and displacement. The large scale migration between the newly formed nations – West Pakistan, India, and East Pakistan – makes Partition Literature a fragment of the larger Diasporic Literature.
It is interesting how within the larger event of Partition of India, the two major states – Punjab and
Bengal, which although underwent similar kind of violence and turmoil were fundamentally as a political and social experienced it differently. We generally acknowledge the Partition of Punjab, when Partition