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