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The Psychological Impact of the Partition of India Hardcover – Import, 15 May 2018
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This book probes the emotional dimensions of the Partition, including the trama of those directly affected and its “trans-generational effects”.
The book emerged from concerns that psychiatrists have treated the horrors of the Partition as a “no-go” zone, never attempting to seriously probe the psychological scars caused by the Partition. The magnitude of human suffering during the Partition was cataclysmic.
Authors says that “it is strange and intriguing, the process of healing requires understanding and understanding the trauma and seeking resolution.”
The book also probe whether the Partition “(unleased) an insanity which persists in day-to-day life, attitude, and ideology and whether “political trauma and social distancing, whether by fascism in Germany or other forms of social oppression, contribute to psychological symptoms.(THE TELEGRAPH, 16 Jun 2018)
Authors made the joint presentation on a subject that had hither to remained untouched in our understanding of partition- the long term psychological impact of the trauma of the moment and of the processes that followed. Moved, and intrigued, by the many stories they had come to hear form their patients- many of whom had lived through it- the doctors had begun to make initial explorations into the subject. Making sense of what happened is not only an ‘after-the-act’ phenomenon. As the editors show in their introduction and in their individual essays, politicians, bureaucrats, even Gandhi himself, were bewildered by the scale and spread of Partition violence.
Other essay in this collection nuance this rich seam of exploration, providing connections and parallels with the impact of terrible violence in former Yugoslavia(where seemingly scientifically minded doctors and psychiatrists enthusiastically joined in the project of the demonization of the other and thereby implicitly supported the killings), Darfur and Muzaffarnagar. They point out the everyday acts in which the seed of partition already exit in daily life and the ways in which states are complicit in creation partitions and forming divisions in order to control populations.(THE HINDU, CHENNAI, 8th July 2018)
This first of-a- kind collective, interdisciplinary inquiry into the impact of partition on the minds of people brings together psychiatrists, historians, sociologists and literary minds in a holistic examination of the psychological and sociology and sociological impact of Partition, especially at a time mental health and its consequence have become a modern scourge and yet remains the most misunderstood science. What caused perfectly sane and normal people individually to resort to collective madness? What led to orgy- on both sides of violence, assault and other abominations that they would otherwise have been ashamed of? What were the consequences on individuals, families and societies that had to bear the psychological scars of the Partition trauma? These questions are answered in this book.(THE SENTINEL, GUWAHATI, 29th June 2018)
This book probe the emotional dimensions of the Partition, including the trauma of those directly affected and its “trans- generational effects”. This book have treated the horrors of Partition as a “no-go” zone, never attempting to seriously probe the psychological scars caused by the Partition. The magnitude of human suffering during the Partition was cataclysmic.
This book also probes whether the Partition “(unleased) an insanity which persists in day-to-day life, attitude, and ideology” and whether “political trauma and social distancing. Whether by fascism in Germany or other forms of social oppression, contribute to psychological symptoms.(THE TELEGRAPH, KOLKATA, 16th June 2018)
About the Author
Sanjeev Jain did his graduate studies at the University of Delhi (Maulana Azad Medical College) and postgraduate studies at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. He was a Commonwealth Fellow at the Cambridge University, UK, where in addition to learning research methods in genetics, he developed an interest in the history of psychiatry. He is a clinician and a teacher, researches the genetic correlates of psychiatric and neurological disease, and heads the molecular genetics laboratory at NIMHANS. He is also an adjunct faculty at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (part of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), Bangalore. He has been involved in volunteer work with both governmental organisations and NGOs, and was a member of the committee for drafting the Mental Health Policy document for India. He has been researching the history of mental health services in India, from the colonial period to the contemporary times. This work has helped understand the interface between science and medicine, and social responses to mental illness in India.
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