Implicit rhetoric of genocide in Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan (1956)

Dutta, Anindita and Gupta, Biswanath (2023) Implicit rhetoric of genocide in Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan (1956). Asian Journal of Legal Education, 11 (1). pp. 83-96. ISSN 2348-2451

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The article explores the complex nexus of the legal and the literary by re-envisioning the idea of genocide as a legal, social as well as political concept, as the violence engendered by it continues to cast its shadow over humankind. The relevance of Khushwant Singh’s novel Train to Pakistan lies in its vivid portrayal of how mass passions of religious antagonism result in gripping accounts of bloodshed and forced expulsion of ordinary people in South Asia. The paper also seeks to contest the narrow understanding of genocide where the victim and perpetrator communities are perceived as exclusive categories. Through this exemplary novel, the paper attempts to foreground how fictional narratives mirror the basic conceptualizations of genocide as enshrined in the United Nations Genocide Convention (1948). The paper delves into the blurred distinction between victim and perpetrator communities in the context of partition in South Asia. The article engages in a close textual analysis to shed light on the synthesis of the literary and legal context of genocide in Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan. The paper establishes how reading the novel from the legal point of view underscores the contentious nature of genocide that prevailed during the time of Partitio

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Genocide Convention (1948) | Partition | Khushwant Singh | Train to Pakistan | United Nations Genocide Convention (1948)
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Education
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Subhajit Bhattacharjee
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2023 09:38
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2024 13:39
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