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The Partition Story of India through My Eyes

March 14, 2017

ghulam abbas kassar

Virasat E Hind Blog

Very often while sitting in groups, when friends share stories from the Mahabharata or Panchatantra recited by their grandparents, I am in contrast reminded of listening to real-life stories while growing up. These paint real life incidents of war and bravery, life and death, crime and hunger and about love and togetherness.


My roots are in Lahore, (now in Pakistan). Both my paternal and maternal grandparents were residents of Miyawali and Darewal districts of West Punjab before the partition in 1947. Both the families were well established. My paternal grandfather was a goldsmith and maternal grandfather used to work with the British. But the partition forced them to move to India and since last 40 years they have settled in Delhi. However, the journey from established and well-off settings in Lahore to a migrant city with no contacts and sources of livelihood is a story that has shaped me and…

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