How a jacket and a briefcase shaped a partition love story

At the Partition Museum in Amritsar, there are two unremarkable items with a remarkable story: a traditional embroidered jacket and drab, brown leather briefcase.

These items belonged to a man and a woman who lived in Punjab in undivided colonial India. They had been introduced to each other by their parents and were to be engaged when violence broke out in 1947.

Punjab was divided – western, mostly Muslim parts went to Pakistan and eastern, mainly Hindu and Sikh parts, went to India. The jacket and the briefcase were their most valuable possessions as they fled their homes to escape death as communities butchered each other in a prolonged frenzy of religious rioting. Soutik Biswas recounts a remarkable tale behind these mundane objects.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: