The other Partition and the stickiness of labels5 min read . Updated: 15 Mar 2016, 01:24 AM IST
Liberalization has bridged the country's socioeconomic divide, but the perception of a few statesas regressive has not changed
Everyone knows of the Partition: a single, epochal event that created distinct identities memorialized everywhere— from atlases to history books. However, while Pakistan (including what is now Bangladesh) became a separate nation in 1947, what was left as India by no means homogenous. Language, culture, customs, practices, resources, opportunities, income and wealth varied widely across the country—best captured in economist Joan Robinson’s pithy statement: “Whatever you can rightly say about India, the opposite is also true."
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