‘Indo-Pak partition history distorted for nationalist purposes’

Published: February 3, 2018
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PHOTO: MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE

PHOTO: MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE

LAHORE: The history of partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 had been distorted in both the countries for nationalist purposes which amplified religious intolerance in their societies.

This was said by speakers at a panel discussion on book titled “The Punjab Bloodied, Partitioned and Cleansed, ”a press release stated. The book was written by Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed. This is the second edition of the book which marks the 70th anniversary of the partition of Punjab. It contains accounts by eyewitnesses, survivors, and even participators, each uniquely reflecting the tragedy of the partition.

The event was organised by Quaid-e-Azam Political Science Society of Government College University Lahore on Friday. Eminent historians and academicians participated in the panel discussion. GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Hassan Amir Shah chaired the panel discussion which was also addressed by eminent scholars.

Indo-Pak Partition: Five tales full of tragedies

In his remarks, IT University Lahore Assistant Professor Dr Yaqoob Bangash said a bloodied movement or process of cleansing the society from minorities had begun at the time of partition, but later it could not be stopped. He added with a passage of time, it took the shape of a sectarian movement. He also highlighted the conflicts between the oral history and archival history of partition. Similarly, GCU Political Science Department Chairperson Prof Khalid Manzoor Butt said that use of religion in politics always lead to intolerance. “It is evident from history that whenever religion is used in politics, it ends with violence and bloodshed,” he said.

He said the government’s version of history had been taught to the students in schools, colleges and universities since independence.

LUMS Professor Dr Ali Usman Qasmi said the partition of India in 1947 resulted in the biggest forced migration in history. “It also resulted in the killing of one million Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs of which 500,000 to 800,000 people were from Punjab,” he added.

“Though historians failed to narrate this violence, but at least some masterpieces of Urdu literature has highlighted these experiences,” he concluded.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 3rd, 2018.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Fahim
    Feb 3, 2018 - 1:01PM

    Massive muslims genocide proved that elders took right decision earlyRecommend

  • rama
    Feb 3, 2018 - 1:35PM

    Lahore ethnic cleansing is the precursor to ethnic cleaning during the partition !!!

    Lahore is the cosmopolitan city in the undivided India with 30 % Hindu and sikh population, After ethnic cleansing it was reduce to less than 2 %

    India didn’t share this information because it fearing that it they may loose minorities votes, Pakistan conveniently ignores this facts Recommend

  • rk singh
    Feb 3, 2018 - 1:38PM

    And what did they “discuss” in this meet? What are the conclusions? They have steered clear of uncomfortable topic like the mass appropriation of Hindu properties and their women by the Muslim majority of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 3, 2018 - 1:48PM

    Seriously does it matter now after 7 decades. lets all look froward . Recommend

  • Tzaman
    Feb 3, 2018 - 3:24PM

    Agree 100 percent. The division and partition of India was scripted totally by then politicians to gain popular support. We should collect oral history from the older generations about the actual information. Recommend

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