In the Shadow of Freedom
Zubaan, Jul 1, 2004 - 300 pages
Written In The Immediate Aftermath Of Partition, This Moving Document-Part Memoir, Part Diary- Provides An Important Underside To The Mainstream Histories Of Partition. When Anis Kidwai`S Husband, Shafi Ahmed Kidwai, Then A Civil Servant In Mussoorie, And Someone Who Refused To Leave His Job And Abandon His Staff Despite The Threats To His Life, Was Murdered In The Violence Of Partition, She Was Devastated. Seeking Succour, She Went To See Gandhi Who Advised Her To Stop Weeping And Start Doing Some Work. She Did Precisely That, Involving Herself Fully In Camps For People Fleeing To Pakistan, And Those Coming From There. Moved By The Large Numbers Of Abandoned And Destitute Children, She Worked With A Group Of Teachers From Jamia Millia Islamia For Their Care And Adoption. Concerned At The Fate Of Abducted Women, And At The Large Numbers Of Sexual Violations, She Helped In Rehabilitation, Housing, Training. And Thoughout Her Work, She Kept A Record, Not Only Of The Actual Happenings, But Of The Thoughts And Reflections On Human Life, And The Human Condition That Her Work Gave Rise To. It Is These That Imbue This Documentary Account With Complexity And Nuance, And Make This Memorable Book An Important Source Of Valuable Insights, Both For Understanding That Time, And For Drawing Lessons For The Present.
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