In a few days it will be the 70th anniversary of the Indian sub-continent's 
freedom from Britain.

Over the years, much has been written about the circumstances surrounding the 
partition of India and Pakistan. The late Khushwant Singh's 1956 book 'Train to 
Pakistan' describes not only the politics but also the human suffering that 
caused and accompanied it. In the words of a British journalist who had 
witnessed the death camps in Nazi Germany and was then covering the history 
occurring in 1947 Delhi, "Auschwitz was in no way comparable to the savagery on 
the border".

Al Jazeera is running a very interesting coverage of that gory time, in the 
form of survivor interviews and oral recordings. They have done a wonderful 
job, as you can see from one of their articles linked below.

Partition riots: 'A grave attack on all of humanity'

Roland Francis

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