Human Tragedy In Kushwanth Singh's Train To Pakistan

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The human tragedy of 1947 has always been a challenging fictional exploration as the narratives offer the stories of savagery, pain, suffering and agony on an unprecedented scale. Partition novels record the incredible suffering, inner turmoil, public frenzy, communal hatred, mass scale migration and bewilderment of the people of the subcontinent. This paper intends to focus on the greatest work, a classic in its own kind, Train to Pakistan, the great human catastrophe of the partition of India. Kushwanth Singh’s Train to Pakistan was published in 1956 when the horrendous memories of the holocaust were still afresh. It was the first English novel written on the theme of Partition and portrays its venomous impact with scathing irony and unrelenting realism. He intends to give voice to the heart rending physical tortures and psychological outbursts that plagued the nation, with skilful artistry. Widely accepted as one of the classics of modern Indian fiction, Train to Pakistan is a brilliant account of the exhilarating experience of human tragedy. The post-partition exodus across the border erupting violent riots is quite depressive and Singh enacts this saddened episodes through the stories of his characters in excruciating detail. He articulates the intensity of enormous tragedy that unfolds with Mano Majra, a sleepy village suddenly waking to the horrors that the partition caused. The village that has witnessed peace and harmony once, turned into a
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