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Scars of a Divided Nation: Remembering the 1947 Partition of India

On August 15, 1947, India gained its independence from British rule, marking a momentous occasion. However, joy at freedom was marred by a tragic event: the partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan. This division, driven by religious and political tensions, triggered mass displacement, unprecedented violence, and a deep wound that continues to scar the region to this day. 75th Anniversary of the Partition August 15, 2022 marked the 75th anniversary of the Partition of the Indian subcontinent and the emergence of India and Pakistan as independent nation-states. Engineered by the British Raj, the Indian National Congress, and the

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Online Partition Museum launch!

The Counter-Memory Project, a non-profit organization, has launched the Online Partition Museum, a virtual museum of art dedicated to memorializing and raising awareness about the partitions of the Indian subcontinent through innovative visual art exhibitions. Partitions of Indian Subcontinent The Indian subcontinent has been subjected to several intertwined partitions as a result of the British colonial rule – the Partition of India in 1947; the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, which resulted in the partition of Pakistan to create Bangladesh; the ongoing and unresolved conflict in Kashmir since 1947 which has unofficially partitioned Kashmir into several distinct zones; the partition of

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A Tragic Legacy: the Rohingya Genocide and the Partition of Burma / Myanmar

The modern history of Burma, now Myanmar, has been marred by political upheavals, ethnic tensions, and humanitarian crises. One of the darkest chapters in this narrative is the Partition of Burma in 1937, which laid the foundation for the Rohingya crisis that continues to unfold today. This blog post delves into the historical context of the Partition and examines how it sowed the seeds of the Rohingya crisis, shedding light on the plight of not just the Rohingya people that live in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. The Partition of Burma (1937) The year 1937 marked a critical juncture in

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Partitions of Kashmir, 1948 – 2019

Kashmir, the northernmost region of the Indian subcontinent, is a territory with a rich cultural heritage and a troubled political history. India, Pakistan, and China had been fighting wars over Kashmir since 1947. This has resulted in the balkanization of Kashmir, and it has now been split into five different zones. In this blog post, we will delve into the historical and political significance of the partitions of Kashmir and their impact on the region and its people. Maharaja Hari Singh, king of Kashmir in 1947, acceded to a political union with India vide a treaty which gave Kashmir a

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The Birth of Bangladesh in 1971 as a Second Partition

The year 1971 etched an indelible mark on the South Asian landscape. It witnessed the culmination of simmering discontent, the eruption of a brutal conflict, and ultimately, the birth of a new nation – Bangladesh. But Bangladesh’s independence marked not just a new beginning, but the culmination of a process of division that began just over two decades earlier with the 1947 partition of British India. Seeds of Disparity Sown in 1947 In 1947, the British Raj, a vast and diverse colonial empire, was carved into two independent dominions: India, predominantly Hindu, and Pakistan, Muslim-majority. This partition, however, was a

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Partition of Assam and the Northeast, 1947

Beyond 1947: Unpacking the Forgotten Partitions of Assam and Northeast India The narratives of partition in India often center around the tumultuous division of Punjab and Bengal in 1947. Yet, nestled in the verdant folds of the Northeast, lies a different story, one of multiple partitions, fractured communities, and enduring anxieties. This piece delves into the oft-forgotten partitions of Assam and Northeast India, shedding light on their complex history and long-lasting legacies. Rewind: Reshaping Assam (1905-1912) Prior to the 1947 partition, Assam’s territorial boundaries faced their first redrawing in 1905. Driven by colonial ambitions, the British carved out the province

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