A Harrowing Reminder of Partition-1947

On August 14th, 1947, British India was officially partitioned into Pakistan and India. This partition resulted in one of the largest displacement of human population in the history of the world. Almost 14.5 million people crossed the newly drawn borders to what they thought was their new homeland.

One of the least discussed aspects of this partition is the bloodbath that accompanied it. Both India and Pakistan refused to discuss this senseless massacre for a long time. Things have changed, however, and now there is a general atmosphere of reevaluating the insanity that happened during those days.

The interesting thing is that both Pakistan and India blame each other for the killings of the migrants. On both sides of the border, there are accusations of killing sprees that amount to a planned and coordinated genocide.

Yet nobody from the either side is willing to carry out exhaustive research into the matter. On every 14th and 15th of august, the people of both the countries give lip service to the memory of those who dies during the long and unfinished journey to their chosen homeland. This is mainly because of the simple fact that there is blood on everybody’s hand.

It is very difficult to admit that South Asia suffered communal madness during the trauma of partition. Some would argue that this trauma is the main reason behind the bloodshed; that the people could not fathom the idea of uprooting from the place where they had lived for generations.

Whatever caused that blood lust and madness has not disappeared entirely. There is still an element of hate that has crept in the official narrative of the history of the partition.

The following images offer a glimpse of the madness that went on during the latter half of 1947.


1)      Some of the images are pretty graphic so viewers’’ discretion required

2)      The images are property of their respective owners.

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Zafar Iqbal

Zafar Iqbal

Zafar Iqbal is Contributing Editor of Awaz e Pakistan. He strongly believes in the power of words and words represent ideas that cannot be suppressed.
Zafar Iqbal



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