A quote from Footprints of Partition by Anam Zakaria:
“I would remember the way my mother spoke about celebrating Holi, Diwali and Eid with her Hindu friends. My father was from Punjab and so he had many Sikh friends. They would tell me that there used to be no stark Hindu-Sikh-Muslim distinction as there is today, that there was a coexistence, even a co-dependence on each other. Of course, there were communal issues even then but Hindus and Sikhs continued to be their friends both before and after Partition. It was difficult for me to understand this as a child. We were taught differently in schools, where there were no Hindus or Sikhs to be friends with anyway. But for my parents, these were some of their closest people. They could never forget them.” – Ambreen Raja, Lahore
A bit about the Author: Pakistani researcher, Anam Zakaria encompasses exactly what The Grand Trunk project is about. In her book, she highlights that partition memories need to be looked at on a spectrum with a holistic understanding of people’s experiences, which were sometimes violent but many times with memories of inter-communal harmony, rescue stories, loss and nostalgia. She says that the memories of partition have been repackaged through state narratives, and attitudes have only hardened over the years. Post-Partition events – wars, religious extremism, terrorism – have left new imprints on 1947. This book documents the journey of Partition itself – after Partition.
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