The Legacy that Lives On!
SouthAsia’s cover story last month was a good attempt at highlighting the complex historic ties that different nations of South Asia and particularly the subcontinent have had with Britain. As rightly pointed out by your writers, the partition of the subcontinent became the defining moment about how the region will be ruled in future, with the British Raj emerging as one great example worth following. As far as the question of whether India’s partition was justified or not, I, as a progressiveminded South Asian believe it is time to let go of history and instead focus on our collective present and future.
Rana Kamran, Karachi, Pakistan
(2) I agree with your piece on the British Raj and the subsequent partition of the Indian subcontinent, contending that ‘the British rule in India, by all accounts, was a mixed blessing.’ If we as Indians and Pakistanis manage to look past our differences and the ‘unjust’ partition that the British enforced in the subcontinent, we cannot ignore the major contributions that the British made to our collective social lives. These contributions, whether they are social sector reforms, transport infrastructure, strengthening of our political institutions or economic reforms, they have most certainly provided India and Pakistan with a strong basis to develop their societies on. If there is any factor that can be blamed for our social and political instability, it is the post-independence state of corrupt governance, which sadly continues. So while we gather all strength to seek answers to the partition and as to why did it take place in the first place, I think it’s now time to leave these differences behind and work jointly for a stable future.
M.S. Vikraal, Chennai, India