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Five myths about the partition of British India – and what really happened

By Navtej K Purewal, Professor of Political Sociology and Development Studies, SOAS University of London, SOAS, University of London
Eleanor Newbigin, Senior lecturer in the history of modern South Asia, SOAS, University of London
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This August marks 75 years since the partition of the Indian subcontinent. British withdrawal from the region prompted the creation of two new states, India and Pakistan.

The process of transferring power grossly simplified diverse societies to make it seem like dividing social groups and drawing new borders was


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