Press and Partition of Punjab

An attempt to focus on the ‘little voices’ that should have been heard but were swept away; of what transpired on the ground, the dusty lanes and bylanes of Punjab’s villages and small towns, Raghuvendra Tanwar gives a slice of history from below. Exclusive excerpts from his book Reporting the Partition of Punjab 1947, Press, Public and other Opinions

MUCH has already been written on the Partition of Punjab. But surprisingly most of the accounts have handled it as if it were little more than a political event, an achievement whose human dimension, if at all, was only peripheral. This work is not therefore a story of the complex negotiations, the political intrigues, the political rhetoric that preceded the division of Punjab, nor even of how and why the partition of Punjab came about.

RIN mutiny gave a jolt to the British
The ratings mutiny in the Royal Indian Navy made the British realise it was time to leave India. Dhananjaya Bhat on the uprising that took place 60 years ago on February 18
HICH phase of our freedom struggle won for us Independence? Mahatma Gandhi’s 1942 Quit India movement or The INA army launched by Netaji Bose to free India or the Royal Indian Navy Mutiny of 1946? According to the British Prime Minister Clement Attlee, during whose regime India became free, it was the INA and the RIN Mutiny of February 18-23 1946 that made the British realise that their time was up in India.

The last princess
Harbans Singh Virdi on Bamba Jindan, the last descendant of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who is buried in a Christian cemetery in Lahore
INCE I had visited the cultural capital of Pakistan, twice in the past, in 1979 and 2003, the land, lanes and labyrinths of Lahore were no alien to me. Yet it was sheer coincidence that I ran into Afzaal, a storehouse of knowledge and information, at Gulberg, the last port of call for the Punj-Aab bus, that I came to know that the last line of Maharaja Ranjit Singh dynasty had lived and died in Lahore.

Flawed flashbacks
Some filmmakers divest their movies of the element of suspense by resorting to the recall technique. However, there are some rare exceptions, writes Surendra Miglani
NE of the most illogical and unreasonable things witnessed in Hindi films is flashback. Unfortunately, this is also one of the most favourite methods of our filmmakers to tell stories. In fact, flashback is a banana skin on which even some of our most accomplished and intelligent directors and writers have slipped.

Makeover magic
To stay in the reckoning, Bollywood stars know they must re-invent themselves every now and then to retain their fan following.
amir Khan does it with his every new release while Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Akshay Kumar too are reaping rich returns with their image makeovers. Gone are the days when star-struck Indian audiences would never get tired of contrived mannerisms of a Shammi Kapoor, a Dev Anand or a Dharmendra.

A tidy comedy
Jijaji is more than a slapstick satire. If script and direction are above average, individual performances, too, are impressive, writes Randeep Wadehra
GES ago, just when one thought that Doordarshan, the only television channel available to Indian viewers at that time, would never allow telecast of satires, Jaspal Bhatti’s Ulta Pulta lit up the small screen. Used as fillers on the national television, Bhatti’s cameos launched frontal assaults on administrative corruption, political shenanigans and various warps and woofs in our society.

Fully Filmy
Ivninderpal Singh
agmeet Samunderri, an alumnus of the Department of Mass Communications, Panjab University, Chandigarh, will play a mimicry artiste in Personal se sawal karti hai, a film-based programme on Sahara One’s Hindi movie channel Filmy. According to Samunderri, a reporter will ask funny questions from Bollywood personalities and get replies in the same manner.

Roberts to star with Hanks
merica’s Sweetheart’ Julia Roberts and ‘Forrest Gump’ Tom Hanks are reportedly going to star in a new feature. According to Variety Magazine, Roberts is toying with the idea of featuring in Charlie Wilson’s War, a drama set to star Hanks.

  • Rollicking romantic comedy


'ART AND SOUL: Between Paris & Lahore
by B. N. Goswamy

televisioN: Buniyaad is back

NATURE: Tears of Lord Shiva
by Rajesh Kumar

FOOD TALK: A one-dish meal
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Abuse of power
by Pushpa Girimaji

by David Bird

ULTA PULTA: Official choice
by Jaspal Bhatti


White woman’s burden
Rumina Sethi
Daughters of the Empire: A Memoir of Life and Times in the British Raj
by Iris Macfarlane. Oxford University Press, New Delhi. Pages 165. Rs 450.


Books received: English

Mix of faith, facts and fiction
Kanchan Mehta
The Order of Light
by Haroon Moghul Penguin. Rs 250 Pages 274

Said without fear
Rajdeep Bains
Free Expression is No Offence
ed Lisa Appignanesi. Penguin. Pages 259. £ 4.50.

Lessons from life
Jyoti Singh
The Second Nose and Other Stories
by Yashpal. Translated by Anand. Rupa and Co. Pages 189. Rs 195.

Love’s the recipe for this cook
Food is Home. The Little Book of Italian Cooking.
by Sarjano. Penguin. Pages 269. Rs. 250

Troubled mind
Manju Joshi
The Colour of Mehndi
by Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi. Frog Books. Page 248. Rs 300.

In pursuit of growth
D. S. Cheema
Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators: From Ideas to Execution
by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble. Harvard Business School Press. Pages 224. $ 29.95.

Tale of two Peter Pans
Louise Jury

Robinson crusade

Short Takes
World of words
Randeep Wadehra

  • The Special Correspondent
    by Dilip Awasthi Viva Books, N. Delhi. Pages: viii+190. Rs 295.

  • Practising Journalism
    edited by Nalini Rajan Sage, N. Delhi. Pages: viii+358. Rs 450.