Homed, Unhomed and Rehomed in Partition Stories of East Bengal/East Pakistan
Taking three translated short stories with specific focus on â€œhome,â€ namely Syed Waliullahâ€™s â€œThe Tale of a Tulsi Plant,â€ Abu Rushdâ€™s â€œThe Boneâ€ and Ashraf Siddiquiâ€™s â€œA House with a Pondâ€ from Niaz Zamanâ€™s edited book, The Escape and Other Stories of 1947 (2000), this paper will attempt to bring to light both the erasure and the enduring memory of the 1947 Partition of Bengal. We interpret â€œhomeâ€ as a symbol of uprooting and enrooting for people crossing from the West to East Bengal within a volatile world of insecurity, loss and fear. While the stories do not directly engage with the grand and populist discourses of the 1947 riots, they represent an uncanny world-in-transition for Muslims trying to cross into East Bengal/East Pakistan to start a new life. We analyse the storiesâ€™ indissoluble relation between materiality and memory, necessary for the identity of the regionâ€™s collective posterity. In doing so, we employ Ananya Jahanara Kabirâ€™s terms such as â€œpostmemoryâ€ and â€œpost-amnesiaâ€ to argue that the essay is our attempt to reclaim the literary memories of 1947, which shape the intergenerational identities of Bangladeshis.
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