BBC Partition of India ‘How the Hatred Began’. . . . . .

My blogger friend Sudharsan  at  sent me this amazing BBC video yesterday in response to my post on Wagah Border . The BBC always does such a wonderful job telling historical events and using  primary source film. In this case it is showing  India in  the 1940s before, during and after Independence  from Britannia.  In fact, due to the images, and its  emphasis on the people , Muslim , Hindu, and Sikhs  and their  personal stories, history  comes alive.  The book I read ‘Indian Summer’ is very good revealing the personalities and personal histories of Nehru, Jinnah, and Gandhi and their parts in shaping history and that is important, too. Much of the film takes place in Lahore which used to be in India but is now in Pakistan.  You will meet real people, now quite elderly telling their stories of the partition.

Fifteen million people were forced to move, based solely on their religion. Hindus in what is now Pakistan had to move to India, and Muslims in India had to move to Pakistan.  This forced relocation is a horrible example of human’s suffering and man’s inhumanity to man. One million people died along the way and there are stories of  desperate mothers leaving their infants along the side of the road. Old roads were filled with trudging people , one on  each side of the road.

There was a smaller but similar act of horror forced  on  five Native American tribes in the United States in the 1800s.  There was a mass forced relocation of these indigenous people from the south eastern United States to the eastern part of Oklahoma. It is known as the Trail of Tears. Millions started the march and many died.   There is lots of information on the web if you want to learn more.


The mapmaker from England,  Radcliffe, drew the lines of partisan without ever visiting Lahore. He never witnessed the elegant liberal city where Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs lived and worked peacefully side by side.  You will hear primary sources of the tragedy of  the event.  The BBC video is long . . . .  .one and a half hours. Many of you don’t have time to commit to this historical event. Please watch it if you do and also have the interest. My hope is that some of my Indian friends will and their history will come alive through years of old  questions being answered.  It was 60 + years  ago and I still hope the peace of the Wagah border will become the norm between all of India and Pakistan.  They were all Indians at one time,  but had different faith systems.  They used to live peacefully side by side, and I pray that peace will  again rule in their hears and lives.

This Is the Sad Story of Indian Partition !


About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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13 Responses to BBC Partition of India ‘How the Hatred Began’. . . . . .

  1. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown and commented:
    This is an example where you could have shown as an embedded text link which could have been used for readers to navigate to her blog. Forgive my repetition but am trying to be helpful. OB


    • annetbell says:

      Tired to do the embedded text links. Got through it all until the end. Name was showing blue/red but when I clicked on the right to see if the address was there….there were three choices about open…. open link in new tab, open link in new window, or open link in incognito. Where and how do you click on the hot spot to find what is embedded? Thanks!


  2. sudharsan says:

    Thanks for the mention…’Sudharsan’ is correct not ‘Sudharsain’… Radcliffe would have been in tons of pressure….


  3. The Rakshpati says:

    What can be more bad than dividing a whole nation on the base of religion of people living in it. This was not how the independence struggle meant to end. Pity!


  4. YellowCable says:

    What kind of brutal concept this is? Religion should not be used for dividing people.


  5. kyangel17 says:

    Religion is how the US became a separate country from the U.K. And it also took a brutal war to make it happen. Always they find a reason to start a war. These days they call them “Police Action” but doesn’t each country have their own police forces? Religion seems to always divide people.


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