The 1947 Partition Archive
The 1947 Partition Archive is a grassroots, non-political, 100% volunteer run effort to document and preserve eye-witness accounts from ALL communities affected by the partition of British India, for future generations.
We are global citizens coming together to document the world's largest human displacement. Join us.
While we are late, as Partition occurred 64+ years ago, we are not too late. There are still those who hold vivid and important memories of the chaos that unfolded during Partition, the pre-Partition life and culture and the post-Partition changes/loss of a way of life. We are a people powered project that collects, archives and immortalizes these stories. Contact us to share your stories or to join hands with us in preserving memories before they are forever lost.
Team: Our 100% volunteer team includes young students and accomplished professionals who are passionate about preserving this history. We range between the ages of 19 and 80. We are based out of Berkeley, CA. Join us!
When:Apr 29 2012
Come discover the ancient Indus Valley. Join us in celebrating our shared South Asian history and culture.
10am - 2pm
Indus seal, hat and jewelry making. Mohenjodaro walk-through and ancient photo booth. Unique Indus henna designs by Tisha.
Documentary film screening, " In Search of Meluhha: The Untold Story of Indus Civilization." Directed by Saqib Mausoof.
Major Jagjit Singh was a 21 year old living in Amritsar at the time of Partition. He witnessed the first train massacres and the general deterioration of law and order in the months leading up to Partition, in 1947. In this video he describes these scenes. Major Jagjit Singh also formed a relief committee and volunteered in the hospitals and refugee camps.
Dr. Waheed Siddiqee was a 15 year old living peacefully with his family in Hyderabad, Southern India, in 1947. His family migrated to Pakistan after the Police Action by Indian forces. This video excerpt of the full interview captures briefly his move as well as life in Hyderabad before Partition and life in Pakistan after Partition.
In 1947 Maj. Gen. Ravinder Kumar Chopra was a young boy living in a small village called Kasowal, near Sialkot in Punjab. After being tipped off by a family friend of an imminent attack, they fled Kasowal. In this video he describes his journey and gives us a glimpse of pre-Partition interfaith relations.