Bhubaneswar, Aug 14: India will celebrate its 77th year of Independence on Tuesday, but before the country observes a joyous celebration –a ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’ is observed on August 14 each year.
This day serves as a solemn reminder of the terrible events that occurred during the partition of India in 1947. This event led to the creation of two separate nations -India and Pakistan that resulted in widespread violence, displacement, and loss of many lives.
The ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’ was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2021 to remember all those who lost their lives due to the partition of the nation and were uprooted from their origins.
It is the day that offers an opportunity for people in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh to reflect on this tragic history and to remember the suffering that many individuals and families endured during that time. The partition led to large-scale migrations, communal violence, and the loss of countless lives on both sides of the newly formed borders.
Observing this day helps in acknowledging the historical significance of the partition and the lasting impact it had on the region. By remembering these horrors, people can strive for understanding, reconciliation, and peaceful coexistence among the countries that emerged from this tumultuous period.