Major Events Pre-1950

Cabinet Mission Plan May 1946

Editor’s note:  A high-powered British parliamentary delegation consisting of three Cabinet Ministers, Lord Pethick-Lawrence, Sir Stafford Cripps and Mr A B Alexander, arrived in India on March 23, 1946. They announced their suggested plan for India’s future on May 16, 1946. Their report, available at, is attached as a pdf file. Key exceprts are reproduced below.

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Rationale for banning Sati 1829

William Beninck

Under the East India Company, Lord William Bentinck was the Governor of Madras 1803-1807, and the Governor-General of India 1828-1835.

Editor's note: This document was written in November 1829.The source is SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS ON INDIAN POLICY 1750-1921, ed. A. Berriedale Keith, Vol. I

WHETHER the question be to continue or to discontinue the practice of sati, the decision is equally surrounded by an awful responsibility.

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Sati Ban Regulation December 1829

Editor's note: This regulation was issued by the East India Company. The detailed rationale, available here, for this regulation had been given by the British Governor-General, Lord Bentinck, in November 1829.

A regulation for declaring the practice of suttee, or of burning or burying alive the widows of Hindus, illegal, and punish-able by the criminal courts. Passed by the governor-general in council on the 4th December 1829, corresponding with the 20th Aughun 1936 Bengal era; the 23rd Aughun 1237 Fasli; the 21st Aughun 1237 Vilayati; the 8th Aughun 1886 Samvat; and the 6th Jamadi-us-Sani 1245 Hegira

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Partition of India

Editor's note: This is a listing of personal stories and articles related to the partition of India, 1947.

On this website

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

Anand Sarup

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

External links

Subhadra Butalia Audio Slideshow: A memory of partition

Various people Partition memories

Mohinder Paul Singh Bedi Remembering partition

Dr Gautam Sachdev Remembering partition,,2154132,00.html

Inder Kumar Gujral and others Remembering partition

If you know of any other free-to-use web-based external links that feature personal memories or accounts of the Partition, please send them to the editor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it