The Trauma of Partition
Curated by: Lit Live! & G5A
Language Arts

Join us for the launch of the book "The Psychological Impact of Partition" that speaks about the silence around the partition event and tries to unpack the difficult expression of mental and emotional trauma of the victims/survivors. 


The book release is presented by Literature Live and will be followed by a discussion with the authors.


While the psychological impact of the Holocaust in Europe and of the bombing of Hiroshima in Japan have been studied in depth by psychiatrists, no such study was done in India until recently when Dr Sanjeev Jain, Professor of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, and Alok Sarin, Clinical Psychiatrist at Sitaram Bhatia Institute of Science and Research, New  Delhi brought out their anthology The Psychological Impact of the Partition in India.


Joining Dr. Jain in the panel is Dr. Guneeta Singh Bhalla who founded the 1947 Partition Archives which is an oral history project, collecting and preserving first-hand accounts of the Partition. Starting with video interviews of Partition witnesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, the archive has now grown to over 3000 interviews collected from nine countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, United States, United  Kingdom among others.The two panellists bring an informed, yet different, perspective to the trauma caused by the partition of India into two countries. As we all know, the division resulted in the most brutal violence, and an estimated 5,00,000 people were killed, and millions displaced.


Chairing the discussion will be the writer and film-maker Paromita Vohra


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