Why all Britons could learn from partition | Preti Taneja

Why all Britons could learn from partition | Preti Taneja

As cultural strife resurfaces, the anniversary events remind us we’re all postcolonial subjects

The coverage has been wide, the tone circumspect, the voices diverse as the 70th year since the partition of the Indian subcontinent has been marked across media and cultural institutions in the UK.

People I know from all generations and backgrounds have watched, read and listened; then, aghast, confessed that they had only basic prior knowledge of the brutal politics that caused one of the biggest migrations in human history, that saw the rape of thousands, the deaths and displacement of millions, the division of entire families, with repercussions still felt today.

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