Life Back Then
Editor's note: This story originally appeared at http://www.apnaorg.com/columns/ahameed/column-40.html
There were 300,000 Hindus and Sikhs living in Lahore as Independence approached.
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared at http://www.apnaorg.com/columns/ahameed/column-1.html
Lahore — the very name is magic to me. There is something inscrutable about this name.
Editor's note: This is part of a chapter from Mr. Staynor's forthcoming book on the Indian Raiwalys.
Before India’s partition in 1947, the North Western Railway (NWR) had several prestigious trains running on its lines.
The year 1937 was, in a way, a turning point in my life. I was 11 years old and not expected to know much about or be interested in politics. Yet the happenings of that year created in me an interest that normally would have arisen when I was many years older.
Early that year, India held its first general election to its eleven provincial Assemblies: Bombay, Madras, Bengal, United Provinces, Punjab, Central Provinces, Assam, Bihar, Orissa, Sind and North West Frontier Province. This was under the Government of India Act of 1935, which granted ‘Autonomy' to the provinces. This Act created two new provinces, Sind and Orissa, and made Burma, an Indian province until then, a separate country.
In the past, Indian Railways was one of the most revered institutions of the country with highest traditions of efficiency and public service. My uncle told me this story of an event that took place in 1954. He was a close friend and classmate at Roorkee University of the two persons in his story.