Discuss Tamas as a partition novel.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Tamas has to be considered one of the strongest examples of Partition on the lives of regular people on the Indian subcontinent.  Partition was a concept designed by individuals in the position of political power.  The machinations and calculations of Hindu, Muslim, and British leaders and diplomats were akin to carving up the Indian subcontinent.  Their decisions made in abstractly politicized vacuums impacted millions of ordinary people.  Tamas depicts this reality.  Sahni's work displays how Partition impacted the common individual in the most horrific of ways.  The riots and communal violence created as a result of Partition is one contribution that Tamas offered to the discourse of this sad chapter in Indian History.  In relocating the story of Partition from the geopolitical reality to the condition of regular people, Sahni's work serves as a testament to the idea that the citizens must always deal with what happens on a political level, and this can take on horrifying forms.

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