Indian Independence Day

At midnight, August 15, 1947, by order of  the Indian Independence Act passed one month earlier by the British Parliament, British  India was divided into two dominions, India and Pakistan.

Today, as the Republic of India celebrates its independence from colonial rule,
the territory once called British India is also occupied by the Islamic
Republic of Pakistan, the People’s Republic ofBangladesh, and the Union of

Below is a list of Penn Press books addressing the issues that have affected
and continue to touch the peoples of this vast region.

Amritsar to Lahore, Steven Alter
Contesting the Nation, David Ludden, Editor
Fighting for Faith and Nation, Cynthia Keppley Mahmood

Fragments of Empire
, Madhavi Kale

Gandhi’s Body
, Joseph S. Alter

India Against Itself
, Sanjib Baruah
Knowing Dil Das, Joseph S. Alter

Lives in Translation
, Kathleen D. Hall
Orientalism and the Postcolonial Predicament, Carol A. Breckenridge and Peter van der Veer

Storytellers, Saints, and Scoundrels,
Kirin Narayan