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Book Review: Dawn of Dreams - Tragedies and Developments post Indo-Pak Partition

As per the core reality, India-Pakistan partition has left rigid consequences on both the nationalities. However, crossing out Muslim contribution for freedom struggle and trampling of culture of the nation is the notable aspect. ‘Dawn of Dreams’ is a novel written by Abdus Samad. The book poignantly throws light on this tragic development.

In that shadow of partition, the contribution made by Muslims of undivided India was recklessly marginalized. In the freedom struggle saga, only  Abul Kalam Azad is the only seemingly exception and to some extent Mohammad Ali Jinnah but the sacrifices completed by other Muslim leaders like Dr. Ansari, Hakim Ajmal Khan and the Ali brothers seem to watered off.  From original sources it has been stated that Muslim population of undivided India fought equally, shoulder to shoulder, along with their Hindu brothers, for almost a century, since the ignition of great uprising of 1857, to set free the country from the clutches of British Raj.  And what they got in return was the partition and lifelong privation and massacre of their fellow brothers. Though for this partition Britishers were responsible.

This book was originally written in Urdu as ‘Khwabon Ka Savera’. Later translated by Mehr Afshan Farooqi. This book shows the development of tragedies that happen with the Muslim communities post partition. Through the same book, many people from both the sides could not believe the partition has had taken place and but always longed that one day both the countries be one and they would finally mingle up with their loved ones and parted families.

In the story, Anwar Ahmed is a strong nationalist; and he is utterly brought up on Gandhian principles and believes in the ideology of Nehruvian. Even after some episodes of being ignored by newly formed societies, he refuses to believe that his identity has been taken as a changed one. He no more is a citizen of India, though he lives in the country. He has come from undivided India; his love towards motherland is impeccable, beyond the boundaries set by politics. At the time of partition, he refuses to migrate to Pakistan and many of his relatives go to the newly formed state on account of many reasons, security being the supreme one. The abolition of Zamindari system sets him on the brink of pauperization. But he welcomes it and sees a drastic fall in his prosperity but he never gives up on his principles.

The book fruitfully conveyed what it wanted to convey – changes in the society post partition. Post partition the comradeship among Muslims and Hindus of the country suffers at length. In the story the inheritance of suffering passed to the next generation too. Since the partition both the countries have only suffered than anything substantial to have happen between their relationships.


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