Twins and Nations: Tales of Cultural Divides
In 1997 a television news item signalling the fiftieth anniversary of the partition of India and Pakistan included a cameo piece: twin brothers, long separated by the border, were reunited to blow out the candles on their fiftieth birthday cake.1 A perfect coincidence, of course, but also a perfect illustration of the way in which twins are so readily called upon to represent divided nations. The divisions in question may be across or within borders: external (a nation divided from its neighbour, as in this example) or internal (a nation fractured by political, ethnic or class divisions).
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