Story of India: Partition and Independence [PBS]
A brief overview of the people, places, and major events related to the partitioning
of colonial India into two independent states, Pakistan and India. Told through images
and video clips from the PBS documentary. With discussion questions for students.
Indian Partition [BBC
A detailed overview of the events of August 1947 that created India
Studies: The Partition of India [Department
of English, Emory University]
A brief overview with text discussing the reasons for partition,
as well as the impact and aftermath. With maps and a timeline.
India [Manas: India and Its Neighbors]
An extensive look at the political history of India after its 1947
independence, by UCLA professor of history Vinay Lal.
A Political History [Asia Society]
"When Pakistan became a country on August 14th, 1947, [it became]
the largest Muslim state in the world. The creation of Pakistan was
catalyst to the largest demographic movement in recorded history.
Nearly seventeen million people-Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs-are reported
to have moved in both directions between India and the two wings
of Pakistan (the eastern wing is now Bangladesh)."
Recommended Print Resource Indian
Independence and the Question of Pakistan [Choices
for the 21st Century Education Program, Watson Institute for International
Studies, Brown University]
"Indian Independence and the Question of Pakistan probes the complex, rich history
of South Asia. The end of the Second World War was also the beginning of the end
for the old colonial empires. India's bid for independence from Great Britain is
riveting history. Examining the debate leading up to the partition of India into
two states provides insight into the historical dynamics that continue to shape India
and Pakistan today and provide the backdrop for the conflict in Kashmir." This
is a print resource that must be purchased. There are some online
supplemental materials related to the unit that are available free of charge,
including some maps of India and some cartoons and newspaper extracts. There is
also a free
"Teaching with the News" lesson plan (India
and Pakistan in the Wake of the Mumbai Attacks) "that has students explore
the circumstances surrounding the  Mumbai terrorist attacks, place the attacks
into a large global context, and examine the historical relationship between India
and Pakistan." Please note that
users must sign up for a free Choices Program account in order to access this online
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