MD IFTIKAR AHMED,
RESEARCH SCHOLAR, DEPT OF ENGLISH,
ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY,
The partition of the subcontinent in 1947 was not merely the division of a piece of land but also a rift that left a deep scar in the hearts and minds of the people affecting their lives in one of the most agonizing and painful manner in the history of India .Khuswant Singh, in Train to Pakistan, depicts the harshness of communal violence that leads the people into the state of suffering, inner turmoil, displacement and hatred. India is known as a multicultural country where people from different religious groups live together with compassion and mutual love but the incident of partition riots shatters and challenges this very basic value of the country. This paper undertakes to show the reason of the loss of human moral values and the causes as to why people become so agitated that they kill their own brothers. The government appoints some people in the country to maintain peace among the citizens but they use their power in an unjust way that induces some antisocial elements to raise their voice against the law. Man like Juggat Singh, scorned for his unbridled zealous nature, rises to the occasion in defence of the fellow Muslim villagers. The politicians play a major role in the wake of the development of the country but in the novel, no one comes to rescue those people who are suffering from the brutalities of the crises, rather some of them try to make the best of it for their vested interests. There are some people who try to hurt the innocent peoples’ sentiments in the name of religion and also try to fulfil their animalistic desire by outraging the modesty of the helpless women and plundering their property.
Keywords: Partition, Communal Violence, Religion, Politician and Train to Pakistan.