Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the suffering and agony of partition could not be forgotten. He quoted, millions of our sisters and brothers were displaced, and many lost their lives due to mindless hate and violence. In memory of those people, and to keep those in remembrance, the day will be a mark of respect to everyone who faced partition.
India attained independence on 15th August 1947, the world witnessed the birth of a new nation, free from years of colonialism and trauma, but at the cost of partition of British-ruled India into two nations – one India and the other Pakistan. It was a massacre with lakhs of people forced to leave either side of their home, with communal violence and rape of women on a large scale. It is believed that over 10 lakh people died during partition, the country was burning, and the world watched in silence.
The darkest days of India were far over, and the Direct Action Day and the Partition Riots stormed the country with violence and hatred. India blames Britain for the partition of the nation and her sufferings, it was a genocide towards different religions. The two-nation theory came with the division of power and authority.
Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of Aligarh Muslim University, said, I am convinced now that Hindus and Muslims could never become one nation as their religion and way of living was different. After seven years, he said that it does not matter what religion one follows, but the nation one is born in, India is home for both the nations.
On 16th August 1946, the leader of the Muslim League, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, called for a protest towards partition, Mahatma Gandhi and the Congress leaders persuaded him to not do this misdeed, but it was fate. In 1946, Calcutta was burning with streets filled with corpses and blood.
The country saw the death of humanity for the first time, with killings, women were raped, families were wiped out. But the partition was hell on earth, stories go by where the head of the family killed their daughters to keep them from being raped. The century-old culture saw families leaving their homes and moving to a new land.
The past cannot be forgotten, and generations will have to live with what happened in 1947. It is a reminder of the terrors of the past and essential to keep the lost one in our hearts.