Event Title

Where Is My Home?

Presenter Information

Itrat Akhter, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 242

Start Date

30-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2015 10:25 AM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

The partition of India in 1947 led to the formation of a country based on religion for the first time ever and that country is Pakistan. An estimated 25 million Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims were uprooted from their homes and they had to move on foot, bullock carts and train to their promised new country. The Muslims from the Indian part of territory had to move to Pakistan and the Hindus and Sikhs from the Pakistani part of the territory had to move to India. The violence that ensued during partition because of religion resulted in the slaughter of a huge number of people. For this presentation, I want to analyze the complex perception of home. I want to examine how religion, physical soil, friendships and emotions contributed to the migrants understanding of home. The main sources that I would use to do my analysis would be Bollywood films like 'Chakde India', 'Pinjar' and 'Veer Zara', the documentary film 'Partition: The Day India Burned', the book 'Of Sacred and Secular Desire' and accounts of people's experiences during the partition from the website 'www.1947partitionarchive.org'.

Faculty Sponsor

Nikky Singh

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Religious Studies Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1474

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Apr 30th, 9:00 AM Apr 30th, 10:25 AM

Where Is My Home?

Diamond 242

The partition of India in 1947 led to the formation of a country based on religion for the first time ever and that country is Pakistan. An estimated 25 million Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims were uprooted from their homes and they had to move on foot, bullock carts and train to their promised new country. The Muslims from the Indian part of territory had to move to Pakistan and the Hindus and Sikhs from the Pakistani part of the territory had to move to India. The violence that ensued during partition because of religion resulted in the slaughter of a huge number of people. For this presentation, I want to analyze the complex perception of home. I want to examine how religion, physical soil, friendships and emotions contributed to the migrants understanding of home. The main sources that I would use to do my analysis would be Bollywood films like 'Chakde India', 'Pinjar' and 'Veer Zara', the documentary film 'Partition: The Day India Burned', the book 'Of Sacred and Secular Desire' and accounts of people's experiences during the partition from the website 'www.1947partitionarchive.org'.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/370