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Aug 14 will be observed as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day: PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced that August 14 will be observed as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day, saying that the horrors of the partition can never be forgotten. Notably, the announcement comes on the day Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day and a day ahead of India celebrating its 75th Independence Day.

PM Modi tweets

The prime minister took to Twitter to announce the same. He said, “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.”

PM Modi also said, “May the #PartitionHorrorsRemembranceDay 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.”

Partition of India

Partition remains a bitter and painful memory in the history of the two nations. The partition displaced between 10 and 20 million people along religious lines, creating overwhelming refugee crises in the newly constituted dominions of India and Pakistan.

 There was large-scale violence, with estimates of the loss of life accompanying or preceding the partition disputed and varying between several hundred thousand and two million. The violent nature of the partition created an atmosphere of hostility and suspicion between India and Pakistan that affects their relationship to this day.

On August 14, 1947, the new Dominion of Pakistan came into being, with Muhammad Ali Jinnah sworn in as its first Governor-General in Karachi. The following day, 15 August 1947, India, now Dominion of India, became an independent country, with official ceremonies taking place in New Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru assuming the office of prime minister, and with Viceroy Mountbatten staying on as the country’s first Governor General. Gandhi remained in Bengal to work with the new refugees from the partitioned subcontinent.

 

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