NORTHERN RAILWAY OBSERVES HORRORS OF PARTITION REMEMBRANCE DAY
EXHIBITIONS HELD ON 70 STATIONS OVER THE ZONE
On 14th August 1947, the land mass of India was divided into two nations; India and Pakistan. What ensued was a horrific saga of mass human migration, man slaughter and extreme suffering. Lakhs migrated to this side of the border leaving behind their land, houses and precious belongings. Thousands of men, women and children were massacred due to communal and religious hatred. The northern states were particularly affected by the partition. Maximum cases of plundering, looting and mass killings occurred here. The horrifically sad Day is now solemnized as Horrors of Partition Remembrance Day.
The lifeline of the country, ‘Indian Railways’ worked to take the migrating people to safe places in this terrible times. The Railways became a bridge to reunite people with their families, transporting more than 7 lakh people to India and Pakistan between 15 August 1947 and 8 September 1947.
Photographic exhibitions were held at 70 stations over Northern Railway, today to observe the day. All five divisions held exhibitions on prominent stations under their jurisdiction. Nukkad Nataks were also held at many stations, with the performers playing out many human stories of the horrific time. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble MP, Lok Sabha, inaugurated the exhibition at Delhi Jn. Railway station. Senior officials of Northern Railway and Delhi Division were also present on the occasion.
The number of stations in each division are:
1. Ambala – 13
2. Lucknow – 03
3. Moradabad – 11
4. Delhi – 20
5. Firozpur – 23
The abominable events that followed the partition are like a bad dream for the country. Beastly acts of some have left unhealing scars in the history of India. Indian Railways pay homage to all those who lost their lives in the genocide.