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Decolonization in South Asia : meanings of freedom in post-independence West Bengal, 1947-52

This book explores the meanings and complexities of India's experience of transition from colonial to the post-colonial period. It focuses on the first five years -- from independence on 15th August 1947 to the first general election in January 1952 -- in the politics of West Bengal, the new Indian province that was created as a result of the Partition. It discusses what freedom actually meant to various individuals, communities and political parties, how they responded to it, how they extended its meaning and how in their anxiety to confront the realities of free India, they began to invent new enemies of their newly acquired freedom
Print Book, English, 2009
Routledge, London, 2009