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The road to India’s partition

Associate professor of history Haimanti Roy explains the road to India’s partition in an article for The Conversation, a global network of newsrooms "committed to information transparency and credibility."

She writes:

"As citizens of India and Pakistan celebrate 71 years of their independence on August 15, they will also remember 1947 as the momentous year of their simultaneous birth. That year, the British quit their 'jewel in the crown' and partitioned colonial India on the basis of religion.

"What followed in the aftermath of the partition was one of the largest forced migrations of the 20th century. Over the next two decades, nearly nine million Hindus and Sikhs moved into India and approximately five million Muslims to a spatially fragmented East and West Pakistan. This movement was accompanied by horrific mass violence which targeted women through rape and abduction and left an estimated million dead."

Continue reading the article here.


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