A Gendered Perspective of 1947 Partition Influx in Bangladesh: An Analysis of Inter-generational Struggle


  • Farhana Razzak University of Dhaka


1947 partition, Influx, Engendered struggle, Inter-generational perspective, Oral narrative


This paper analyzes 70 years of struggle of women who migrated to a foreign land established because of partition and division of former homeland in to two countries. Hope and optimism that a new country would offer came to a quick end with continued sufferings. Whether it was persecution including sudden eviction with minimal/ no belongings to take along with them, or everyday struggle for survival in a new place, women have other stories than their counterparts. Narrations of men also signify the sufferings of their female family members. Sadly, such stories seldom find their way into conventional archive of political history. This research, therefore, employed narrative approach to analyze life stories into oral history of partition. A key focus of this paper is to explore how women exhibited courage and endurance in a hostile environment and helped families to re-organize. The study relates these stories of memories with the present days where the third generation has already taken place. Overall, the findings display insights on people’s perception on partition, migration, patriotism, border, memory conservation, and nationhood. A synthesis of oral facts and memories collected by this study uncovers the gendered and generational perspectives of partition.

Author Biography

Farhana Razzak, University of Dhaka

Researcher, Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS) 
University of Dhaka 
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Email: tellmenijhum@gmail.com