Satyawati College, DU
The sundering apart of the Indian subcontinent into two autonomous nation states of India and Pakistan is one of the most significant landmarks in the histories of both the nations. A haunting memory, a lingering truth, the Partition self reflexively became the producer and product of self-destructive energies – the hatred, the polarizing, the othering, in several mutant forms such as riots, infiltrations, wars, and the looming threat of future wars.
Indeed, the equation between the two nation states is marked by an uneasy equilibrium where, for instance, the killings follow the same retaliatory vocabulary which manifests itself in the sharpened rhetoric of hate and the culture of unabated suspicion. Truly, the Partition has neither been forgotten nor forgiven.