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Painful History of India’s Partition, curated thoughtfully through display and interviews of victims of this tragic past #Amritsar #punjab #museum #partitionmuseum #travelgram #travel #travelphotography #history #partitionofindia
Painful History of India’s Partition, curated thoughtfully through display and interviews of victims of this tragic past #Amritsar #punjab #museum #partitionmuseum #travelgram #travel #travelphotography #history #partitionofindia
User Image thesingingsingh Posted: Mar 5, 2018 8:25 PM (UTC)

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"I saw blood gushing down the drain as our neighbour, a sturdy middle aged man, slashed the heads of his wife, all his five daughters and two daughters-in-law. His forth daughter, Hemlata, was a close friend of mine. We exchanged dolls as we grew up, sat on the same swings and went on long walks. She loved the festivals, particularly Basant and Holi. In our area, in Rawalpindi, people did not play Holi with colors as we do these days. People would soak marigold and other flowers into water overnight, and played with the coloured water. Who would have imagined that the Holi week in March 1947 would leave Pindi bloodied and battered. There were already rumours about some vagabond tribes attacking some villages outside the city. The fear of losing their 'izzat', their honour prompted many men to kill their own women. Holi was played with blood that week. While the tribals never reached our part of the city, most of the adjoining villages were hardly spared. Many of them were reduced to ashes, their inhabitants all killed, their women raped, maimed, kidnapped. Hemlata's father never forgave himself of the sin he committed. I found, one morning, that he had killed himself. Rawalpindi did not stay safe after that. We finally left in May, three months before borders were announced. India was partitioned, but on the bodies of her women." - Dhanwant Kaur (d. 2016). Interviewed in 2014, Jangpura, New Delhi. [Image: A street in Rawalpindi City, 1900s] #india #pakistan #rawalpindi #march1947 #delhi #storiesofpartition #partitionofindia #partitionofpunjab
User Image thesingingsingh Posted: Mar 1, 2018 7:04 AM (UTC)

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Happy Holi everyone ! Sharing the poster of the 1940 Hindi/Urdu flop, Holi, directed by one of the pioneers of Lahore film industry, Abdur Rashid Kardar. The film was shot entirely in Bombay, produced by Ranjit Movietone. The film had Khursheed Bano and Motilal Rajvansh in the leading roles. Khursheed Bano migrated to Pakistan after the 1947 partition of India, and became a successful singer there. Abdur Rashid Kardar, who was instrumental in establishing the Bhati Gate film industry in Lahore, chose to stay in Mumbai with his Lahori wife, Sardar Begum, in 1947. Fifty two years later, he died at the ripe age of 85 in his Marine Drive residence in South Mumbai. #holi #india #pakistan #vintagebollywood #bombay #lahore #historyofbollywood #britishindia #partition #partitionofindia
User Image half_baked_beans Posted: Feb 24, 2018 12:22 PM (UTC)

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Celebrated for his stories of Indian partition, Saadat Hasan Manto was a distressingly prophetic and daring writer. We recommend that the author's work should not be read in English, to avoid the substance getting lost in translation. #saadathasanmanto #partition #partitionofindia #lovealllanguages #hindi #urdu #author #readersofinstagram #halfbakedbeans
So much fun to learn about another #oralhistorian's process. We took @aanch_m, #author of #remnantsofaseparation to one of our interviewees, Mrs. Pushpa Bhatia, so she could record her #Partition story. Buy her book and follow the @museumofmaterialmemory for more great stories.
#TheGeneration1947Project #oralhistory #archive #PartitionofIndia #Bombay #Karachi #indiaat70 #India #Pakistan #UndividedIndia
We are still looking for people to share their stories and memories!
Part of “The Partition Trail” project to see how the 1947 Partition continues to affect communities in and around Birmingham.
If you have stories and would feel comfortable with sharing them, contact Katy at
#sampad #art #heritage #southasian #partition #1947 #partitionofindia #india #pakistan #bangladesh #oralhistory #history #local #birmingham #uk
User Image serendipotty Posted: Feb 22, 2018 4:57 AM (UTC)
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हीरों के, रांझो के,
क्या अब भी सुने जातें है वहाँ?
और रोता हैं रातों में पाकिस्तान क्या,
वैसे, जैसे हिंदुस्तान?
ओ हुस्ना...
- पीयूष मिश्रा
#partition #partitionofindia #dilli #lahore #pakistan #culture #history #mood #wildernessculture #oftheafternoon #ifyouleave #journey #travel #delhigram
User Image rupinderkw_ Posted: Feb 19, 2018 2:54 PM (UTC)

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These two photos might make you feel uneasy. From the collection - Women of 1947 Partition of Indian subcontinent. photograph 1 - woman at a refugee camp in Lahore woman with a mutilated face. Women were frequently mistreated during their journey and often arrived at the camps after being molested. It was common for perpetrators to mutilate women after molesting them. They would cut them up, often slicing off their breasts or genitalia.
/photograph 2 - The suffering of a mother: a young mother in a destitute state after being unable to feed her child in Boli Camp, Lahore.
Although the reason for the loss is unknown, it was common for parents to lose their children to disease, violence or abduction. Young children also often lost their parents and loved ones.
These women were in a setting where the societal norms looked down upon them exposing their bodies. Thus, these women showing their body parts is suggestive of the pain they went through: they were in a state where the societal norms ceased to matter.
They were mistreated during their journey and often arrived at the camps after being molested. Often the perpetrators would mutilate women after molesting them.
Women were among the worst affected victims of Partition. The chaos and displacement made them especially vulnerable. They were molested, tortured and kidnapped. Many of the abducted women were forcefully converted to the abductors' religion, who also often married them against their will. There are several accounts of women and girls giving up their own lives by jumping into wells, preferring that fate than what awaited otherwise. The pain of partition which no one likes to talk about but it must be talked about. A generation of women that should have lived, died.
These photos are from the collection of F.E. Chaudhry, the only known local Pakistani photographer who captured the events at the time. #partitionofIndia #1947partition #partitionhorrors
Standing at the Wagah border between India and Pakistan, snacking on 'Aloo Tikki Chaat', a small dish made up by potatoes, curd, sweet and spicy chutneys and a variety of Indian spices.
This area wasn't as tasteful in 1947. The partition of India, separating India into two independent countries Pakistan and India, took place on a hot August night. The British decided that the great solution to halt the disputes that have been long going between Muslims and Hindus was to separate the two. That decision resulted in the death of 200,000 to 2 million and the displacement of over 14 million people. The stories from these times are horrific. Raping women and murdering children were common acts in those months following the partition. For some, food replaced home, tasting the flavors that took them back to a happier place. For others, the food culture they had known before was swallowed up by the partition and only existent in their memory — on the contrary, the conflicts between Pakistan and India are still very much alive to our present day.
#foodculture #foodanthropology #traditionalfood #history #Punjab #india #amritsar #sikh #pakistan #culture #cultureofconsumption #food #foodjournal #taste #colorful #thegoldentemple #religion #1947 #partitionofindia #muslim #hindu
User Image tasveerarts Posted: Jan 31, 2018 6:45 AM (UTC)

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@serena.chopra documented the victims, witnesses and survivors affected by the life changing events of 1947 in a series of emotional and compelling portraits, which are on display at The Partition Museum in Amritsar, housed in the historic Town Hall. Don’t miss seeing it if you visit the city.

Pictured: Swaran Kaur, 75 years. Migrated to Kot Khalsa (near Cheratta) from 48 Chak, Sarkoda Chak, near Lahore
#tasveerarts #serenachopra #thepartitionmuseum #amritsar #punjab #partitionofindia #lahore #portraits
User Image thesingingsingh Posted: Jan 30, 2018 6:01 PM (UTC)

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"Even though my father disagreed with most of Gandhi's philosophies, we were never allowed to call him Gandhi, always Gandhiji or simply Bapuji. People had respect for each other in those days. It didn't matter what political spectrum you were from, you respected the other like your own brother. We were all Indians after all! I was very young when we were uprooted from our house in Dera Ghazi Khan, and were lodged in a refugee camp outside Delhi. Those first impressions of violence were horrible. I still remember corpses lying on the road, women wailing, camps stinking, a terrible memory for a nine year old. One could hear horrible stories of riots and killings. I remember the day Gandhiji got shot. All chaos seized that day. There was so much gloom, but so much peace. I never understand how someone can kill such a man. No matter how much you disagreed with him, killing someone is not justified!" - Surjit Kaur, Delhi 2016 #gandhi #partitionofindia #india #pakistan
User Image outlookindia Posted: Jan 30, 2018 6:05 AM (UTC)

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It’s the 70th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s ­assassination. And it’s time we fulfilled our part of a long-neglected compact.

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#mahatamagandhi #mahatmagandhiassassinated #nathuramgodse #gandhiassassination #partiotism #nationalism #gingoism #extremenationalism #partitionofindia #indiapakistanpartition
my favourite piece from the crafts of punjab at @the_herbert_cov ・・・
I felt like my poetry came alive through the paintings through the textiles through the monuments.
I felt like I was in Lahore waking through to Amritsar without Wagah Border... I felt like I was walking through a united Panjab, a pre-partition Panjab just like in my dreams and coming in the ink of my pen to my poetry. But
I was oceans away from Panjab in England, Coventry... looking at the throne of Maharaja Ranjit Singh imagining the days of the Sikh Raj... I felt like I traveled time to the start of time to
the time when the world's first poets wrote the Rig Veda in the land of Panjab
right across to
an end of an era with the Sikh raj coming to an end
all through the crafts of the Punjab.
#BritishAsian #Diaspora #PartitionOfIndia #PunjabiHistory @colouringhistory
User Image thesingingsingh Posted: Jan 20, 2018 2:39 PM (UTC)
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The inmates of the Lahore Shed Refugee Camp in New Delhi celebrating Women’s and Children’s Day on April 10, 1949. The programme included items of music, dance and drama. Delhi transformed to a 'shehr-i-shamiana', a city of makeshift camps with the influx of refugees from West Punjab. By 1948, many transfer colleges were set up in camps for students whose education had abruptly ended due to partition. [Photo courtesy: Photo Division, Government of India] #newdelhi #delhi #lahore #india #pakistan #partitionofindia #storiesofpartition

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