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State before Partition: India’s Interim Government under Wavell

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posted on 18.12.2018, 13:42 by Rakesh Ankit
This paper is a study of the Interim Government in British India, formed during the penultimate viceroyalty of Archibald Wavell, from September 1946 to March 1947. It tries to throw light on major and minor personalities and micro and macro processes at work in this improbable interlude and, thus, probes an over-shadowed ministerial and bureaucratic set-up in the lead-up to Partition. This under-studied set-up constituted yet another compelling ‘space before Partition’ activities wherein would continue to affect the Indian state after Partition. Simultaneously, it seeks to complicate the teleology and inevitability of Partition by showing this interim arrangement at work, which belied its name. Bringing together official texts and personal interpretations of many participants, it approaches the period as liminal albeit one with limitless possibilities at this juncture, of which what followed in 1947 was but one.

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  • Social Sciences

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  • Politics and International Studies

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South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies

Citation

ANKIT, R., 2019. State before Partition: India’s Interim Government under Wavell. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 42 (1), pp.97-114.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge) © South Asian Studies Association of Australia

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies on 3 February 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00856401.2019.1556890.

Acceptance date

03/12/2018

Publication date

2019-02-03

ISSN

0085-6401

eISSN

1479-0270

Language

en

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