Issue Brief on “Decoding Modi’s Partition Horrors Remembrance Day”

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Introduction

On August 14, 2021, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced for the first time to celebrate the day each year as the Partition Horrors Remembrance Day. PM Modi argued that “Partition’s pains can never be forgotten.” He added that “Millions of our sisters and brothers were displaced and many lost their lives due to mindless hate and violence.”[2] PM Modi indirectly referred to the partition of British India in 1947 resulting in the creation of India and Pakistan (West and East). Nonetheless, it is good to know that the Indian opposition parties, especially the Indian National Congress termed PM Modi’s move as “divisive” and could further widen the already existing rifts within the Indian polity.[3] It is important to note that despite PM Modi’s politics of hatred, the sane voices still exist in India and condemn such initiatives.

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