Book Review: Borders and Boundaries: How Women Experienced the Partition of India (2000) By Ritu Menon and Kamla Bhasin

Book Review by Anita Botello On June 3, 1947, the Partition of India announced by the Hindustan-Pakistan Plan effectively created Pakistan by dividing provinces in India along religious-based borders.[1] The Muslim-majority provinces, which had been part of India became West Pakistan and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), and regions of Punjab with a Hindu majority remained in India. As soon as lines were drawn, or even … Continue reading Book Review: Borders and Boundaries: How Women Experienced the Partition of India (2000) By Ritu Menon and Kamla Bhasin

Mother India: A Window into the Past

by Chandeen Santos

If the delivery is delayed, the dhai is expected to explore for the reason of the delay.  She thrusts her long-un-washed hand, loaded with dirty rings and bracelets and encrusted with untold living contaminations, into the patient’s body, pulling and twisting at what she finds there.  If the delivery is long delayed and difficult, a second or third dhai may be called in … and the child may be dragged forth in detached sections – a leg or an arm torn off at a time.[i]

~Mother India by Katherine Mayo

Katherine Mayo shocked the world with descriptions like these of the practices behind closed doors in India.   Continue reading “Mother India: A Window into the Past”