Par­ti­tion trauma

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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.

S.S. RAJAGOPALAN

CHEN­NAI

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