ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN ENGLISH L.R.DAV COLLEGE,
The Partition of India has been one of the most traumatic experiences of our recent history. This political partition of India disturbed the Indian psyche and also its social fabric. It brought to an abrupt end a long and communally shared history. Worst of all, it deranged the understanding of the moral rightness of the people.Train to Pakistan (1956), Khushwant Singh’s debut novel reflects the conflict of cultures and ethnic violence. This violence between Muslims and Hindus started from Calcutta (Kolkata) and became contagious to reach Mano Majra, a multi-ethnic village on the border of Pakistan. The fictional village Mano Majra has a railway station, a Gurudwara and a mosque. Before the riot all the people in the village were intact. But the riot has made them confused and confronted ethnically and culturally. Muslims hate Hindus and Hindus hate Muslims. This feeling has just started from the day of partition. It can be said that Train to Pakistan is based upon conflict of cultures and ethnic violence. The entire story is woven round the communal riot between Hindus (including Sikhs) and Muslims.
Key Words: Partition, Traumatic, Communal, Psyche, Violence, Riot