India-Pakistan partition stories shared by those who witnessed it
SUKKUR: Several speakers having personal experience of the partition shared their perspective of the mass migration that was the result of the creation of India and Pakistan.
They expressed their viewes in an event "Voices of Partition", held here in collaboration with The 1947 Partition Archive, organized by Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO).
Primary witness accounts of the partition of the subcontinent have lent insight into an event that caused irreparable damage to millions.
Those left behind, and those who crossed borders, with their loved ones perishing on the way, all have a distinct tale to share and some of these stories were shared at the SRSO complex here on Friday.
Former Federal Minister Nisar Memon said that sixty-nine years ago, at midnight on Aug. 15, 1947, over 300 million people rejoiced as the era of the British empir drew to an end, and two new nations arose from what had been British India.
He said over 14 million people displaced from their homes and two million dead in the process.
Chairman Rural Support Programme Network Shoib Sultan Khan elaborated how he as a young boy, along with his classmates, held the belief prior to the partition of a confederation that envisaged India as a common otherland, with Hindustan and Pakistan as two nations.
He said that it was hard but effort must be put to encourage love and prevent hate from spreading.
He said that changes in such a peaceful environment were much greatly felt. However, he consider himself very fortunate, especially when he heard about the stories of many people who suffered a lot during the partition.
Sukh Ram Das Deepal recalled several individuals who left an indelible mark on his mind among them was his best friend who was silently working for the cause of Pakistan.
He said hundreds and thousands of families faced similar circumstances but never lost their passion and loyalty to the state of Pakistan.
Most talk about how relations between Hindus and Muslims in their neighborhoods seemed to switch from friendly to deadly overnight. Those that migrated to India and those then came to Pakistan each witnessed horrific scenes.
Chief Executive Officer, SRSO Muhammad Dital Kalhoro, Ms Fakhira Hassan, Shahzaib Hussaain Mahar, Wasand Mal and others also spoke on the occasion.
During the question hour session the pressing need to document the 1971 migration was also raised as it is believed that these stories may also be lost forever.
The 1947 Partition Archive is to preserve 10,000 stories and create a source of learning for future generations before it is too late.
As these stories will be a treasure trove for generations to access, the organisation must ensure that their documentation uses a credible methodology for collection of data so that the veracity of these stories cannot be doubted. (APP)