‘Hum Vehshi Hain’ is a humanist response to the trauma and tragedy of 1947, and presents points of view of various characters across class, gender and ideology in colonial India.
Even though it was another country, Pakistan seemed just like India. But my mother’s fears certainly affected me. I have always regretted that.
The well known characters – Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah – are painted in broad brushstrokes and seem to have walked in from history textbooks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Through personal narratives from grandparents and depictions in books and movies, young people in India and Pakistan have constructed their own memories of Partition.
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.
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.
Four stories that help us understand the questions that Indian Muslims were grappling with during Partition.
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.
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.
Sindhis, who had become homeless and penniless overnight, built schools, colleges and became doctors, helping not only themselves but countless others.
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.
Past Continuous: Those Who Think Nehru Was Power Hungry Should Review Events Leading to Independence
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
Gandhi’s famous sojourn in Noakhali was the ultimate test for the idea and practice of non-violence. It failed.
In Mewat, growing cow vigilantism indicates a complete lack of contemporary and historical understanding of complex cultures.
The marginalisation of Muslims in India must be viewed within the wider context of growing religious majoritarianism in South Asia as a whole.