The National Archives UK has recorded the narratives of four Panjabi elders uprooted from their homeland during the Partition of British India in 1947. At least 18 million people were uprooted and one million died in the mass migration that followed.
“In 2010, Jaswant, Mohammed, Reginald and Tilak Raj met at The National Archives to describe how Partition had shaped their lives. Born into different faith communities in the Panjab, these men are united today by their love of that common homeland, that past shared experience which was precious and which has now been lost.
Their stories tell of the hardship and loss that they endured but also the unexpected acts of kindness and humanity that they witnessed.
Panjab 1947: a heart divided
Four men born into different faith communities in the Panjab – Sikh, Muslim, Christian and Hindu – met at The National Archives last year to view original documents from the time and describe how Partition had shaped their lives.
Panjab 1947: a heart divided began as an Outreach project in partnership with community organisations in London and South Wales. The participants’ personal stories were recorded in English and videos of their personal narratives are now available to view online along with transcripts in English, Devanagari, Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi.”
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