A great responsibility falls upon the democratic and secular parties – whatever be their differences on policy matters – to come together and defend the country’s values.
The businesses that moved have left a deep legacy on the economic and developmental policies in both India and Pakistan.
Satish Pruthi and his family nearly didn’t make it to India when a mob attacked the group they were a part of. But with help from friends on both sides of the border, they created a new life.
Sikh siblings Gurbachan Kaur and Ajit Singh recount the days of Partition when they had to flee from Pakistan to India.
The impact of Partition has remained an untouched territory in the cultural landscape of Britain, which Memories of Partition is addressing by capturing the collective memory of people affected by it.
My father was able to reaffirm the one faith he had: that as often as not, human relations override political, national and even religious dividing lines.
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy’s United Bengal Plan That Could Have Changed the Course of India’s History
Suhrawardy, a largely forgotten figure today, was Bengal’s chief minister in 1946 and is often mis-remembered as a Hindu-hating communal leader.
Despite economic troubles, a questionable education system and a booming healthcare sector catering fabulously to its minuscule elite, it is religion that is on the tip of every politician’s tongue.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
Today there is an attempt at portraying the Congress party – and its leaders during independence and Partition – in very different hues from the inclusiveness, tolerance, democracy and secularism it upheld in very trying times.
The breakneck speed at which Delhi is growing was triggered by the arrival of refugees from Punjab, Sindh and the North-West Frontier Province.
Essays on how Chughtai was perceived show how impossible it was to ignore her, and how her work had the power to capture the reality she witnessed.
Through personal narratives from grandparents and depictions in books and movies, young people in India and Pakistan have constructed their own memories of Partition.
Labelled as “the legendary dictionary of British India,” Hobson-Jobson reflects the idiosyncrasies of both the coloniser and the colonised, and the growing unrest among an educated and outspoken native Indian middle-class, particularly in the 1870s.
At the Red Fort, on August 15, 1947, the past and the present had coalesced to mark a newly independent nation’s step towards the future.
When India was divided in 1947, the RBI also grappled with a number of tasks that “posed several delicate problems”.
The older cuisines like Mughlai faded away and in their place came the robust makhni gravy and tandoori dishes
Martand Khosla was studying architecture in England where he made good friends with a student from Pakistan. Upon interactions, they discover the curious connection of Partition that binds them together across historical time zones.
The narrative of Partition hasn’t gone away with my grandparents. It has become a part of my family’s lived history, and mentality.
Hussein’s The Weary Generations, a quintessential partition novel, is till date an accurate account depicting Pakistan’s condition and contradictions.
An excerpt from ‘Inheriting the Hamam Dasta and its Stories,’ a chapter by Maya Mirchandani in ‘Looking Back: the 1947 Partition, 70 Years On’.
Jessore Road, which connects India and Bangladesh, once witnessed carnage, smuggling, migration and trade.
An excerpt from Unbordered Memories: Sindhi Stories of Partition, edited and translated by Rita Kothari.
Like in India, there were some filmmakers in Pakistan who did venture to look at the bloodiest chapter of the independence struggle of the two countries.
Although fiction writers visited the theme of Partition repeatedly, Hindi poets curiously remained more or less indifferent to it.
Because of leaders and texts being dispersed across the country, much of the original Lingayat teaching was lost for centuries, giving rise to various confusions.
Aanchal Malhotra, an artist, writer, oral historian and archivist, studies the objects people took with them when crossing the border during Partition.
My family’s silence on their experiences after Partition was not about repressing, but looking ahead.
The self-reflexive and ethical perspectives of the second and third generation of witnesses to the catastrophe of 1947 may help in healing the wounds of Partition.
The former internees settled in Canada and the US will hold a peaceful demonstration before the Indian high commission in Ottawa on August 24.
Graphic novelist Vishwajyoti Ghosh talks about his childhood with his grandparents that were full of stories from the other side, the home they left behind. As a young professional, he travelled to see the place for himself and recollects the experience.
How did migration impact the professional networks in which scientists functioned? Did they continue academic discussions with their former colleagues on the other side of the border?
Singers both in India and Pakistan have found creative ways out of imposed silences on certain kinds of music to keep their art and repertoires alive.
Ravikant, Debjani Sengupta and P.K. Dutta discuss how Partition scholarship is evolving to be more inclusive of the many lives that were irreversibly altered by the events of 1947.
The menu for the eve of Independence also acknowledged the momentous occasion, but, in keeping with the culinary fashion of the day, was French.
Though promised much by the ‘Hindu’ west after Partition, Dalits who crossed over from East Bengal got the opposite of a warm welcome.
Although one might expect censorship due to the sensitivity of the issue, Hindi films began referring to Partition almost immediately after the events.
Gandhi’s role in the leadership he gave to Assam Congress to help geographically integrate the northeast to independent India is not well documented.
Many of us often feel like we’re taking history on faith – but a shaky belief in the past can prove immensely perilous when planning for the future.
Partition as memory is still an oral world embedded in silences, caught in a language of despair that refuses to heal 70 years later.