One of my friends is writing about the India-Pakistan Partition of 1947 and asked me to share some of my thoughts. Feel free to share your opinions, the more different the better…Here’s what I wrote:
Partition has become a ghost of the past for most Pakistanis. The new generation does not have any personal memories. For them the sacrifices of their elders are something intangible, parables of the past. In retrospect, yes Partition was necessary. But the loss of lives, bloodshed and a culture of bitterness that came out of it was an even greater cost. If the Partition had been something like the velvet revolution, it would not have had such gory repercussions.
I think what most Pakistanis and Indians both ignore is that the partition too is a sad relic of our colonial past. The way the British Raj ended in the subcontinent was rushed and badly handled. This is part of the reason why the matter continues to be unresolved today…
Today it is important for both nations to realize that they should establish civility and promote cultural exchange. The bond of humanity is stronger than the artificial labels of country-hood.
No scar is permanent, but yes wounds this deep take time to heal. It is important to understand that in terms of historical context, the 64 years since 1947 is a relatively short time period. Time will heal.