Discuss women's writings about Partition.

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

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I think that there is an emergence of writing from the women's point of view about Partition.  One work that has been receiving much in way of discussion here on enotes is Amrita Pritam's Pinjar.  Another very intense view of Partition from the women's point of view could be Bapsi Sidhwa's Ice- Candy Man.  Sidwha's work depicts the violence from Partition as stemming from an uncontrollable hatred towards all humanity.  At the same time, she is fairly pointed in suggesting that Partition and claims of sectarianism laid the groundwork for men to do awful things to women.  In Sidhwa's work, Partition can actually be further "partitioned" to reflect the treatment of women by men.  The violence and rage that erupted due to Partition was directed at men and women, but strangely the latter seemed to endure more horrific pain before death. For example, in Ice- Candy Man, Ayah is not merely kidnapped, but she is forced to work as a prostitute, violated in multiple ways before she is turned out by the Ice- Candy Man.  There are many accounts in Sidwha's work of how men were murdered, but women were gang- raped and then murdered.  It seems to be a dominant theme in her work that women endured much more pain and violation as a result of Partition, demonstrating that there was an experience of gender that made it specifically different than what men endured.

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can the novel kanthapura by raja rao considered as post colonial novel?

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