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Oral history with Shahezadi Begam, 2015 July 25.

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Title:
Oral history with Shahezadi Begam, 2015 July 25.
Author:
Begam, Shahezadi, 1943-, Chakraborty, Deborshi, and Banerjee, Debraj
Author (no Collectors):
Begam, Shahezadi, 1943-, Chakraborty, Deborshi, Chakraborty, Deborshi, and Banerjee, Debraj
Description:
Shahezadi Begam could not remember her birthday or the year she was born. However, we can apprehend that she is at least seventy-two years old from her narrative of her whole life. She was born in Calcutta in the park circus region where her family had a large house. She told that it was a joint family and many of her relatives used to stay with them in that house. She had four sisters and she was the youngest. Her father was in construction business and had a successful professional life.After Partition her family decided to migrate to Pakistan but the reason behind it was unknown to Shahezadi. They took a train from Calcutta and came to Shahjanpur railway colony in Dhaka crossing the border. As she could remember, her family was not able to sell their house so she believed that someone later occupied it. She did not go to school but learned Arabic and studied the Quran at home. After few years, she married Abdul Hamid who was a worker in Shahjanpur railway factory.But the 1971 Liberation War jeopardized her family life. They were driven out of their quarter for being Urdu speaking. Goons looted her house and she told that few of her relatives also died during the course of war. They were in custody of Indian military in Rajabag for a month without having necessities of livelihood. They were taken to Mahammadpur Geneva camp where they still live. Her sister went back to Calcutta and is living there. Her daughter went to Karachi in RePartition but they could not go. So her daughter is living in Karachi for last forty years and they have never met since Liberation of Pakistan.
Topic:
History
Language:
Urdu
Physical Description:
3 video files
Publication Info:
Dhaka (Bangladesh)
Imprint:
Dhaka (Bangladesh), July 25, 2015
Genre:
Filmed interviews
Identifier:
partitionArchive_1801