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The Shadow Lines Essay

  • Submitted by: Humaya
  • on April 1, 2014
  • Category: English
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SHADOWS OF HISTORY IN THE SHADOW LINES. D.S. Bindu Asst. Professor of English Sethu Institute of Technology Kariapatti.
Amitav Ghosh in all his novels tries to retrieve the events tucked behind the pages of history. The Shadow Lines deals with history, independence of India and the partition of the country. The partition was an event whose consequences were entirely unexpected and whose meaning was never fully spelled out or understood either by the politicians who took the decision or the millions of Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs who were to become its victims. The ethnic and social unrest created political chaos within the states. One such event is the riots of 1964. There are no reliable estimates of how many people were killed in the riots of 1964. The number could stretch from several hundred to several thousand; at any rate not very many less than were killed in the war of 1962. (TSL 229) Bengal was a state that saw the greatest bloodshed. Its capital city, Calcutta was the scene of such violence that observers later called the events of those terrible days the “Great Calcutta Killing”. The population of the two key provinces, Bengal and Punjab were divided among religious groups. The partition required the division of land communities, economic systems and the institutions of state administration and army. East Bengal‟s economy depended on the export of jute, lost its principal port and centre of industry, Calcutta, which went to India. The vast irrigation system in the province of Punjab was disrupted because the frontier cut across its river and the canal system. In the Sikh community there was split into two with its holy city of Amritsar in India and its capital of Lahore in Pakistan. Millions of Hindus remained in Pakistan and one third of the Muslims remained in India. Independence brought the worst civil strife in Indian history and left in its wake intense agony between the people of the two countries. Man creates and recreates history. Some are told;...

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