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Volume 47 Issue 9 September 1997

Tanika Sarkar examines the evolving position of women in India before 1947 and since independence.

Francis Robinson considers what the Muslims wanted - and what they got - out of the decision to divide the subcontinent on religious lines.

Judith Brown assesses the curious coupling of sage and politician that achieved much – but not all – for Hindu aspirations.

Coming home to mother? Bhikhu Parekh on the impact the subcontinent’s peoples have had (and continue to have) in Britain itself.

Jean Alphonse Bernard considers the two key provinces and how they became touchstones and then powderkegs in the nationalist aspirations of both sides.

On the 50th anniversary of Indian independence, Alan Johnson reassesses Mountbatten's role in the process of partition, and his legacy.

David Washbrook on how the trauma of mutiny was catalyst to a new imperial vision - courtesy of skilful Victorian public relations for the subcontinent.

Paul Murphy on the Raj pioneers who set in train thoughts of conservation in independent India.

Partha Mitter looks at how tensions and cultural interchange between Indians and Britons are conveyed in the imagery of the colonial period.

Mushirul Hasan looks at the reflection of the trauma and tragedy of partition through literature and personal histories.

M. Naeem Qureshi on a remnant of empire which has moved beyond being a mere repository of the Raj.

Vernon Hewitt on one of the bitterest legacies of partition.

Introductory chronology for this special commemorative issue marking 50 years since Britain relinquished colonial rule in the Indian subcontinent.