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“Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition” is a novel written by Nisid Hajari. Non-fictitious, It details the riotous events that brought about the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan as a separate nation.
About the Poet:
Nisid Hajari is an eminent Indian-American writer. He is also an editor, in addition to being a foreign affairs analyst. His only and famous work, “Midnight’s Furies”, is the recipient of the Colby Award in 2016.
The book begins with a detailed historical overview of the complex socio-political and religious dynamics in British India between Hindus and Muslims. It brings out how this was what ultimately led to the demand for partition.
It delves into the religious tensions between Hindus and Muslims, the rise of nationalist movements, the role of key leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and the involvement of the British colonial authorities in shaping the events that lead up to the partition.
The book then focuses on the actual partition itself, which was marked by widespread violence, communal riots, and mass migrations. Millions of Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs fled across newly-drawn borders to join the country that matched their religious identity. The author vividly describes the horrors of the partition, including massacres, abductions, and mass rapes, and the devastating impact it had on communities, families, and individuals.
“Midnight’s Furies” also delves into the aftermath of partition, examining the long-term consequences of this momentous event. It looks at the unresolved issues, such as the disputed territory of Kashmir, the ongoing conflicts between India and Pakistan, and the bitter legacy of mistrust and hostility between Hindus and Muslims that persists to this day.
This is a very graphic novel that traces the complex and tragic legacy of India’s partition. It paints the historical, political, and social causes of partition, which ultimately resulted in brutal and widespread ethnic cleansing on both sides of the border, creating a divide between India and Pakistan that continues to persist decades later and holds contemporary significance.