Partition and Independence of India 1947

Calcutta, 17 August 1946. From the photograph album 'Partition' in the Walter Charles King Collection.
Calcutta, 17 August 1946. From the photograph album 'Partition' in the Walter Charles King Collection.

This page lists British Library resources related to the Partition and Independence of India 1947. The subject is approached as a culmination of various socio-political developments of the last two decades of the British rule in India. Taking World War Two as a defining moment of the history of the subcontinent, the search has been kept limited to the 1930s and 1940s

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Archival Documents

"...Would not Calcutta be cut off from Muslim Bengal? Is a corridor also proposed? What would be the position if Hindus refused to accept this provision ...?"

Mss Eur E341/46/5

Photographs

“Partition. Peaceful Muslims going to attend the meeting which called for Direct Action. Note, each one carries a lathi or other weapons." Photographer: Holmes, Randolph Bezzant.

Photo 627 (10)

Cartoons

“The Cabinet Mission is going out of Delhi on a holiday to Kashmir and wishes not to be followed."

Hindustan Times, 10 April 1946 [Asia, Pacific & Africa SM 27]

Case Studies

Close reading of some of the collections.


These sources were selected by Parthasarathi Bhaumik as part of his research project on 'Nationalism, Partition, and Independence in South Asia, 1900-1950' during his Chevening Fellowship at the British Library. 


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