Examine the strengths and limitations of oral history. How have oral-history techniques furthered our understanding of Partition?

The strengths of oral history include:

(A) It assists us in grasping memories and experiences in details.

(B) It enables historians to write vivid, richly textured accounts regarding what occurred to people during partition.

(C) Government sources are unable to provide such information.

(D) Oral history also tends to facilitate historians for broadening the limitations of their discipline by making them alert and aware regarding the lived experiences of the powerless and poor.

The weaknesses of oral history include:

(A) Oral data do not comprise of concreteness as well as the chronology they yield which may not be very accurate.

(B) Historians argue that the distinctiveness of personal experience makes generalization difficult. A bigger picture cannot be built from such proof and a witness is also not adequate for the complete analysis.

(C) Oral accounts may be concerned with tangential problems in the sense that they give an indirect evidence of the event.

(D) The little personal experiences which stay in memory are not relevant to the unfolding of bigger procedures of history.

Oral history procedures assist historians in writing experiences of persons during the course of partition. Factually, history relating to partition has been reconstructed with the assistance of oral narratives which were not plausible for extraction from government records as such records would not give out that information which would paint them in bad colours. It helped in understanding the daily development of events occurring during the partition and is told by such people who have really gone through the pains and trauma of the partition.