What’s the partition in Ms Marvel? Division of India’s True History

If you have not watched every single episode of every Marvel TV show on Disney +, we can not blame you: Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been rapidly expanding on the company’s streamer, and it can be hard to keep up. . So you may be surprised to hear how Ms. Marvelin its handful of episodes so far, actually manages to cover religion, global history, and geopolitics with nuances.

And if you are a dedicated viewer of the series, you may still wonder about the middle episodes of Ms. Marvel and how they deal with the division of India, a historical fact, into the series’ fictional storytelling. Whether you are following along or are just curious and looking for an explanation of how the division of India really fits into the story, we are ready to break down what is happening.

First, a quick overview of Ms. Marvel so far: The series follows Kamala Khan (played by Iman Vellani), who is also the superhero Ms. Marvel (though so far she has only been publicly referred to as “Night Light” and other variations of it. The name is a work in progress!). Kamala is a 16-year-old Pakistani-American high school student living in Jersey City, New Jersey, who discovers her power to harness cosmic energy using a magical bracelet handed down to her through generations. (Disney + has been praised for presenting MCU’s first Muslim superhero.) But it turns out that she is also associated with an important moment in Indian history that has become her own element in the show. Episode 4 of the series drove us further into its visions from the night of the split, and episode 5 continued on the same path, taking us into the past with Kamala’s great-grandmother, Aisha.

All this may make viewers ask another question: what exactly is the division of India? Here is everything you need to know about the partition and its significance Ms. Marvel.

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What does this powerful bracelet have to do with India and Pakistan?

Kamala’s bracelet triggers a vision of a mysterious woman in the second episode of Ms. Marvel, who pushes Kamala to ask questions about who her great-grandmother, the original owner of the bracelet, really was. In episode 4, we see Kamala travel to Karachi, Pakistan, to talk to her grandmother, Sana. The bracelet has also made Kamala see a vision of a train.

Sana explains to Kamala that the bracelet is trying to give her a message through her visions. At the end of section 4 we get a scene from the division of India which has a special significance in the story.

During the split (more on that below), Sana left India, and as a result, she was separated from her father. But by following a “trail of stars” she was able to reunite with him. On a train. The same train from the visions of the bracelet. The inscription on the bracelet says: “What you seek seeks you.”

Episode 5 gives us much more information about Kamala and Sana’s family history, and follows Aisha in the run-up to the split in the first part of the episode. At the end of the section, we even get an incredibly satisfying explanation of the “trail of stars” mentioned above. While there are still answers to questions about what the partition means exactly to each one Ms. Marvel character, Sana gave an early tip to talk about her past.

“Even at my age, I’m still trying to figure out who I am,” Sana says. “My passport is Pakistani, my roots are in India. And between all this there is a limit. There is a border marked with blood and pain. People claim their identity based on an idea some old Englishmen had when they fled the country. How to deal with it? ”

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Wait, so what do I need to know about the division of India when I see Ms. Marvel?

You might be thinking: come on, Sana?

Here, Ms. Marvel touches on a piece of reality story that is painful for many real people who were in the same position as the fictional Sana. The divide between India and Pakistan is actually marked by terrible, brutal violence in its past.

In August 1947, the British, who had colonized India for three centuries, finally left. The subcontinent was then divided into two countries, the independent nations we now know as India (whose population is majority Hindu), and Pakistan by Muslim majority. This divide caused a massive global migration: Millions of Muslims moved to West and East Pakistan (the latter would become Bangladesh), while millions of Hindus and Sikhs moved in the opposite direction of India.

This division resulted in a mutual genocide between Hindus and Sikhs on the one hand and Muslims on the other. It was an ugly, bloody religious conflict.

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And what does that have to do with Ms. Marvel?

In addition to the fact that Sana divorced her father during the partition of India and ended up in Pakistan, the partition wall enters Kamala’s visions. And then Kamala finds himself in the middle of the partition.

At the end of episode 4, the young superhero and her new superhero friend Kareem / Red Dagger end up in a corner of an alley fighting the Clandestines. (The secrets want to break the veil of Noor that separates the dimension of the jinns from the earth. The secrets try to get back to the other dimension from which they have been banished.)

During the battle with the secrets, Najma, Kamala’s friend Kamran’s mother and a Djinn stick out Kamala’s bracelet. It sends Kamala 75 years back to the night of the partition of India. She is suddenly transported to the Karachi train station and experiences the chaos that followed the night of the split back in 1947. Episode 5 follows Aisha from some of her earliest moments in India, to getting married and having a baby (who turned out to be Sana )), to meet someone who helped her child find her father: Kamala herself.

So Ms. Marvel has (quite literally) carried this complicated story into its tangled superhero show. It is a sneaky and clever way to dive into a critical chapter for people of all faiths involved (Muslim in the case of Kamala’s family, along with Hindus and Sikhs) from both Pakistan and India. According to Indian Expresssome fans were left in tears after watching episode 4, appreciating the sensitivity with which the writers and director dealt with the division.

We will soon see how the partition experience helps shape Kamala’s journey and what goes down in the rest of Ms. Marvel. Right now, we just hope that teenage Kamala is not too scarred in all the wreckage.

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