Partition at seventy: A family story

Partition left 2 million dead, 12 mn displaced, thousands of women raped, towns and villages torched


Sunil Sethi
In the entrance hall of Bikaner House, the capital’s new cultural hub, is placed a large map of India in outline. Next to it are reels of black string and scissors; visitors are invited to plot their family’s migration during Partition. “Trace your family’s journey on the map,” reads the heading over a dense criss-crossing of strings to numerous cities from Muree to Calicut, and Quetta to Chittagong, in the undivided sub-continent. You can also join the exercise online at by recording the privations and horror your parents or grandparents endured during that blood-spattered chapter of history. In a month-long memorialising of the Partition at 70, a calendar of daily events includes films, talks, and seminars; elsewhere
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First Published: Aug 12 2017 | 12:32 PM IST

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