August 14 To Be Observed As Partition Horrors Remembrance Day: PM Modi

The Independence Day of Pakistan, a nation that arose as a political entity after Partition, was selected to commemorate the historical significance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been in power for seven years, stated Saturday that August 14 would be commemorated as "Partition Horrors Remembrance Day" to honor the millions of people who were relocated and killed as a result of Partition's "struggles and sacrifices."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked on Twitter, "The hardships of the division shall never be forgotten." “As a result of stupid intolerance and violence, millions of our sisters and brothers have been uprooted, and many have died. May Partition Horrors Day serve as a permanent reminder of the significance of eradicating the poison of social divisions and disharmony and promoting the spirit of oneness, social harmony, and human empowerment.”

The Union Home Ministry published a notification to this effect shortly after. “On the 14th and 15th of August 2021, when the entire country will be marking the 75th Independence Day, the anguish and violence of Partition have remained permanently ingrained in the memory of the people of the country,” remarked the Information & Broadcasting Ministry. “While the country has risen to become the world's largest democracy and third-largest economy, the nation's grief over Partition will live on for all time.”

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Partition remains a "gaping hole" in the soul of India, according to BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who said the statement is a "Fitting monument to our people's suffering and sacrifices as a result of the Congress's ambition and tunnel vision."

It was announced in a plan presented by India's last viceroy Lord Mountbatten on the country's independence from the British on June 3, 1947, that India would be divided into two nations following independence. The proposal, commonly known as the Mountbatten Plan, laid out the principles of partition and granted India and Pakistan autonomy and sovereignty. They were also granted the right to write their constitution.

Large-scale riots erupted in India and Pakistan during the British colonial government, displacing millions of people and killing many more. In the horrific violence that followed Partition, as many as one million people were slaughtered, according to some estimates.

“Over 2 billion people have died. A large part of the country's territory was lost. Fearing responsibility, supporters of the Nehruvian legacy attempted to conceal the catastrophe. Santhosh remarked on Twitter that the country would never forget the tragedy and millions of sacrifices.

Puri warned against "appeasement" politics in these times. "The efforts & sacrifices of my parents, elders, and millions of others like them will forever remain a reminder of the human misery inflicted by the prior Govt's erroneous policies," he stated, noting "the efforts & sacrifices of my parents, grandparents, and millions of others like them."

During Partition, fifteen million Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims moved to one of the two countries, frequently on foot. Trains are known as "refugee specials" carried a high number of passengers between India and Pakistan in 1947.