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  • Partition key battleground in India-Pakistan textbook wars

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistani high school student Noman Afzal knows “traitorous” Hindus are to blame for the bloodshed that erupted when British India split into two nations 70 years ago...

    Students across the border in India are taught a starkly different version of events, the result of a decades-long effort by the nuclear-armed rivals to shape and control history to their own nationalistic narrative...

  • ‘Partition unleashed violence against minorities in India and Pakistan’

    KARACHI: Picking up from where she left off six years ago Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar said when she finished working on her book, The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories, she didn’t want to work on anything related to Partition...

    “Writing about Partition had been an emotionally draining project but as it happens, it’s such a huge experience that I think this region has still a long...

  • All-star movie demands new look at India-Pakistan partition

    BERLIN: Gurinder Chadha, the woman behind Bend It Like Beckham, demands British “accountability” for the humanitarian disaster triggered by the Indian subcontinent’s partition, in her new all-star drama Sunday at the Berlin film festival...

    He and his wife (Gillian Anderson) are portrayed as well-meaning if naive puppets of London at the start of the Cold War, as Mountbatten agrees to the carve up the subcontinent between...

  • Budget 2019-20: Defence budget to grow nominally next year

    ISLAMABAD: Defence budget is proposed to grow nominally in the next financial year by 4...

    74 per cent as compared to the outgoing year, but its share in the total outlay and the gross domestic product (GDP) is set to decline, according to the budget documents laid before the National Assembly on Tuesday...

  • Gulzar's outpourings tell us of the unimaginable human cost of Partition

    Take a look: Stranded in India during the 1965 war: How I won friends among ‘enemies’Coincidentally one of the two feature films to impress the members of the jury is an Armenian movie, whose title is Border...

    Quite reminiscent of the Radcliffe Award, the boundary line drawn between India and Pakistan, the movie shows how an international boundary is drawn inconsiderately and thoughtlessly between two villages in the former Soviet...

  • Ajoka revisits 70 years of Partition

    The festival -- ‘Revisiting 70 years of Partition’ -- had a lot to offer in terms of the Ajoka plays that jelled with the theme...

    Before the inaugural play that was based on life and works of great short story writer of the Subcontinent, Saadat Hassant Manto, the moving spirit behind Ajoka, Madeeha Gauhar, addressing the audience said that history written on the Partition needed to be revisited...

  • Bangladesh’s partition literature

    Perhaps the earliest fictional treatment of Partition by a Bangladeshi writer was the short story ‘The Escape’ written in English by Syed Waliullah (1922-1971) and included in the Pakistan PEN Miscellany (1950)...

    The locale is unspecified but can be taken to be North India, though it could be on either side of the newly drawn border, and the action takes place on a train, an iconic emblem of hope and horror in that region...

  • 70 years on, partition museum opens in Amritsar

    AMRITSAR: In the 70 years since India and Pakistan were created from the former British Empire, there has not been a venue focused on the stories and memorabilia of those who survived that chaotic and bloody chapter in history until now...

    A new museum on the Partition of the subcontinent opens this week, as the two South Asian countries mark seven decades as independent nations...

  • How Sunil Dutt's uncle and Inzamam-ul-Haq's family were saved during Partition violence

    Two years after World War II ended in Europe in May 1945 – and the Jews whom Schindler had protected were set free – India too was caught in a swirl of hatred even as it gained independence from British rule...

    Sixty-nine years ago, the chimes of freedom seemed more a death knell to lakhs who perished in the veritable ethnic cleansing undertaken in east and west Punjab as India was partitioned and Pakistan was born...

  • 'World's largest' collection of partition interviews to be released for public

    A collection of accounts narrated by those who witnessed the partition between India and Pakistan, The 1947 Partition Archive, will be released on August 10 in collaboration with universities in Pakistan, India and America, according to a press release received on Monday...

    The 1947 Partition Archive is an organisation that has compiled over 4,300 interviews of Indian and Pakistani citizens who experienced the tumultuous event...

  • How different are we from the partition generation?

    KARACHI: The partition generation was scarred by narrative of hatred for each other as they had the facticity of the mayhem originating out of the great divide...

    70 years on, the rabid hatred may be less but there is a mindless disgust among the young generation as in the absence of relieving narratives, religious bigotry assumes an organised form pervading across India and Pakistan...

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