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Discuss how Partition is seen as a traumatic experience in "Ice Candy Man" in Cracking India.  

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Bapsi Sidhwa portrays the Partition of the Indian Subcontinent as fundamentally traumatic for society overall, not only for the individuals who experienced it. Beyond the end of British colonial rule, the separation into distinct nations forced millions of people to choose sides, leaving many marginalized and endangered. Numerous individuals, especially the Ice Candy Man, sought to manipulate the situation for their own personal benefit.

By placing Lenny, a young girl, at the center of the novel, Sidhwa both emphasizes the personal impact of political decisions—often made on the other side of the world—and stresses the inadequate knowledge that British policies had imposed on its subjects. Although Lenny is held back by her physical disabilities, her strong female family and social network and her innocence shield her up to a point;...

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