THE review of the book “The Psychological Impact of the Partition of India” was timely (“Partition trauma and social identity”, January 4). Those who argue that had Partition been avoided, the Holocaust-like killing of nearly two million people of all faiths—hindu, Muslim and Sikh—could have been avoided are ignorant of the ground realities that prevailed before Partition. It is a moot question why the large-scale killings were not anticipated by the then rulers and appropriate measures not taken to ensure a smooth transfer of people between territories.
It is sad and tragic that the same kind of communal hatred is now being encouraged by Hindutva elements. It is easier to spread hatred than to contain the same. Let us hope that the reverses in the State elections will make them realise that people are least interested in communal bickering and expect only their lives to change for the better.