The Dog of Tithwal Historical Context

Saadat Hasan Manto
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Partition of India

The historical context for "The Dog of Tithwal" is the Indian-Pakistani conflict that arose after the partition of India in 1947. The partition came after India won its independence from British rule on August 14, 1947. India was divided into two countries formed on the basis of religion, with Pakistan as a Muslim state and India as a secular nation ruled by the Hindu majority. Boundary issues and religious disputes brought about terrorism, war, and continuing disharmony between India and Pakistan. Even the imposition of official boundaries did not cause the conflict to cease.

The decision to partition India resulted in barbaric treatment of citizens who happened to be living in the "wrong" nation after the boundaries were drawn. By law, people were required to live in the new nation that "matched" their religion— Muslims in Pakistan, Hindus and Sikhs in India— regardless of where they...

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