Just a day before India celebrates the 75th Independence Day the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi took to Twitter to announce that 14th August from now on will be observed as the ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance day’.
In the tweet announcing the decision, he wrote, “Partition’s pains can never be forgotten. Millions of our sisters and brothers were displaced and many lost their lives due to mindless hate and violence. In memory of the struggles and sacrifices of our people, 14th August will be observed as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day,” and in another tweet, he added, “May the Partition Horrors Remembrance Day keep reminding us of the need to remove the poison of social divisions, disharmony and further strengthen the spirit of oneness, social harmony and human empowerment.”
Back in 1947 when the British were leaving India and giving it dominion status, they decided to carve out an entire nation- Pakistan from India on the demand of Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s party- the Muslim League.
Subsequently, from the Northwestern part, West Pakistan was carved out and in the east, Bengal was divided to make East Pakistan which later got independence from Pakistan and came to be known as Bangladesh.
After the partition was announced almost 2 crore people were forced to migrate to the other side of the border causing the largest ever refugee issue in the world. Multiple outbreaks of violence also followed in undivided Bengal and Punjab causing the deaths of millions of people. The partition caused the displacement of families and the loss of livelihood for many others.
Every year on 15th August, India celebrates its independence day with great national pride and honour, with the Prime Minister hoisting the flag and addressing the country from the Red Fort in New Delhi. An evening prior to that, the President of India delivers a televised ‘Address to the Nation’.