Train to Pakistan


Khushwant Singh

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A term that refers to a notorious person, a worthless person, a thug, or a person of poor character. The term is also used playfully among friends and family members.

Budmash Quotes in Train to Pakistan

The Train to Pakistan quotes below are all either spoken by Budmash or refer to Budmash. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Partition of India and Religious Warfare Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Grove Press edition of Train to Pakistan published in 1956.
1. Dacoity Quotes

“Yes, the Englishmen have gone but the rich Indians have taken their place. What have you or your fellow villagers got out of independence? More bread or more clothes? You are in the same handcuffs and fetters which the English put on you. We have to get together and rise. We have nothing to lose but these chains.” Iqbal emphasized the last sentence by raising his hands up to his face and jerking them as if the movement would break the handcuffs.

Page Number: 60
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4. Karma Quotes

The leader raised his rifle to his shoulder and fired. He hit his mark and one of the man’s legs came off the rope and dangled in the air. The other was still twined round the rope. He slashed away in frantic haste. The engine was only a few yards off … Somebody fired another shot. The man’s body slid off the rope, but he clung to it with his hands and chin. He pulled himself up, caught the rope under his left armpit, and again started hacking with his right hand. The rope had been cut in shreds. Only a thin tough strand remained. He went at it with the knife, and then with his teeth. The engine was almost on him. There was a volley of shots. The man shivered and collapsed. The rope snapped in the center as he fell. The train went over him, and went on to Pakistan.

Related Symbols: Railway Bridge
Page Number: 181
Explanation and Analysis:
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Budmash Term Timeline in Train to Pakistan

The timeline below shows where the term Budmash appears in Train to Pakistan. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. Dacoity
Power and Corruption Theme Icon
Honor and Heroism  Theme Icon one could prove how he got the funds, Jugga was arrested and labeled a budmash. (full context)
2. Kalyug
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...police always arrest him when a crime occurs in Mano Majra because he is a budmash. Iqbal asks if Jugga killed Ram Lal, which Jugga denies, for Ram Lal was the... (full context)
3. Mano Majra
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...why Jugga is in jail and that it is her fault that he is a budmash. (full context)
4. Karma
The Partition of India and Religious Warfare Theme Icon
Power and Corruption Theme Icon
Honor and Heroism  Theme Icon
...and will do nothing daring. As for Jugga, Chand thinks that the only reason the budmash has for doing anything is to get back at Malli. If Malli leaves town, Chand... (full context)