Major Events Pre-1950
Editor's note: This is a listing of personal stories and articles related to the partition of India, 1947.
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Indira Kumar Born in Lahore in 1929, she remembers life in pre-Independence Lahore, and how it changed before partition. My Memories of Lahore and the Partition
Bimla Goulatia Remembers the family's move from Meghiana to India. A Child's Horrifying Memories of India's Partition
Pran Bhatla Bimla Goulatia's older brother's account of the family's move. From Meghiana to Hoshiarpur, 1947
Veena Sharma Memories of a seven year old girl. From Balloki to Shimla - August 1947
R P Bhatla
A young boy's memories of life in a Punjab village A Prosperous and Peaceful Village Life - Pre-Partition
His account of the move. From Kot Khan Pakistan to India 1947
The problems faced in resettlement. Our Struggle to Recover from India's Partition
His account of how the family recovered. Prosperity Returns - Partition Problems Overcome
Kamalaben Patel The story is about one of the most painful aspects - recovery and repatriation of women left behind (in Gujarati). Women in the Partition
S K Sinha A general remembers . 1947: Partition in the Army
A young man remembers how the family that wanted to stay behind was forced to leave. Forced to leave Okara, Pakistan (Part 1)
His account of the journey. From Okara to Ludhiana (Part 2)
His account of the family's recovery. Rehabilitation in Ludhiana (Part 3)
Surjit Mansingh. Memories of ten-year old girl whose family lived in India and did not relocate. My Experience Of India's Partition
R C Mody
Description of what happened. Acceptance of India's Partition by Indian leaders - June 2 1947
Description of what happened. Acceptance of India's Partition by Indian leaders - June 3 1947
Subhadra Butalia Audio Slideshow: A memory of partition http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/629/629/6945591.stm
Various people Partition memories http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6939997.stm
Mohinder Paul Singh Bedi Remembering partition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbRTuzj50w4
Dr Gautam Sachdev Remembering partition http://www.guardian.co.uk/video/page/0,,2154132,00.html
Inder Kumar Gujral and others Remembering partition http://www.andrewwhitehead.net/partition-voices.html
Editor's note: This is a listing of stories and articles related to India's First Independence Day, 15 August 1947. In order to be comprehensive, the period actually covered is 14-16 August 1947
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Prime Minister Nehru Tryst with Destiny
R C Mody Independence Day 1947, Delhi
Arvind Kolhatkar Memories of August 15, 1947
Jayant S. Kalotra First Independence Day in Delhi
Fauji Akhbar First Independence Day in Delhi
T.S. Nagarajan Remembering (?) the Day India Became Free
M. P. V. Shenoi Memories of Independence Day and Grandfather
Editor's Note: This is a public letter written by Rabindranath Tagore to Lord Chelmsford, Viceroy of India. In this letter, Tagore protests the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, Punjab (April 1919), and renounces the knighthood that had been conferred on him in 1915. The letter was published in The Statesman (June 3, 1919), and in the Modern Review (July 1919).
31 May 1919
The enormity of the measures taken by the Government in the Punjab for quelling some local disturbances has, with a rude shock, revealed to our minds the helplessness of our position as British subjects in India.
Editor's note:In a meeting of the Council of All India Muslim League on March 28, 1929, Quaid-i-Azam Jinnah termed the 1928 Motilal Nehru Report, available here, as a Hindu document, but considered simply rejecting the report as insufficient. He decided to give an alternative Muslim agenda. It was in this meeting that Quaid-i-Azam presented his Fourteen Points.
Editor’s Note: The Lucknow Pact was an agreement between the Indian National Congress, led by Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and the All-India Muslim League, led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The agreement was adopted by the Congress and the League in their separate meeting in Lucknow in December 1916. The pact asked the British to give more authority to Indians.
Images from A. Berriedale Keith, ed. Speeches and Documents on Indian Policy, 1750-1921. Vol. II. London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1922 are reproduced below. The attached pdf file has the full text.