Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, when asked in 1972 about the historical impact of the French Revolution, supposedly quipped that it was “too early to say.” Zhou's reminder that the legacies of large historical events unfold not over years or decades but centuries is astute and timely. The partition of the Indian subcontinent may have occurred in mid-August 1947, but the ramifications of that decision continue to profoundly affect the lives of millions of people now divided among three nation-states. While an aging generation still has memories of childhoods spent across the border, millions have been rendered suspect “minorities” in lands their ancestors have lived in for millennia. Still others migrated across borders only to realize assimilation or acceptance was neither easy nor guaranteed. Tens of thousands have spent lifetimes trapped in litigation over citizenship and property. Political parties continue to make capital out of the blame-game for the events of...

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