Inherited Memories: Second-Generation Partition Narratives from Punjabi Families in Delhi and Lahore

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Abstract:

This article explores the creation and transmission of second generation memories concerning the 1947 Partition of British India. The research is based on oral interviews with Punjabi families who migrated because of Partition and now live in Lahore and Delhi. It explores how Partition memories have been transmitted across generations within these families, and also examines similarities and differences between how the second generation interviewees from Delhi and Lahore remember Partition. It demonstrates that the second generation have not passively accepted everything that the first generation, or the state, has told them about Partition. The second generation's memories are also shaped by their age, nationality, religion and class, and the nature of contemporary politics.

Keywords: DELHI; LAHORE; MEMORY; PAKISTAN; PARTITION; SECOND GENERATION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/147800409X466254

Affiliations: St Antony's College, Oxford University

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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