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Brief Biography of Khushwant Singh
Historical Context of Train to Pakistan
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- Full Title: Train to Pakistan
- When Written: 1950s
- Where Written: New Delhi, India
- When Published: 1956
- Literary Period: Postcolonial English Literature; Postwar Literature
- Genre: Historical Fiction
- Setting: Punjab, India
- Climax: A train arrives in Mano Majra from Pakistan, carrying the corpses of dead Sikhs.
- Antagonist: Malli, Religious bigotry
- Point of View: Third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for Train to Pakistan
Muhammad Iqbal. “Muhammad Iqbal” is not only the false name that the subinspector gives to Iqbal Singh, but is also the name of a real-life poet and philosopher who played a leading role in the formation of Pakistan.
Indian National Army. Also called “Azad Hind Fauj,” the Indian National Army was a liberation army formed by the Indian revolutionary and military leader Subhas Chandra Bose, in concert with Japanese forces. With the help of the occupying Japanese army, Bose trained about 40,000 troops in Southeast Asia. Without the support of an air force, however, the army was defeated by Allied forces and forced to retreat. For a while, the Indian National Army operated as a liberation army based in Myanmar and former Indochina, but it ceased all operations after the Japanese surrendered in August 1945.