How this border transformed a subcontinent  |  India & Pakistan

How this border transformed a subcontinent | India & Pakistan

The story of how a hastily-drawn line divided one people into two.

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The video conferencing session between the two schools was conducted between students of Gyan Mandir Public School (Delhi, India) and Adamjee Model School (Karachi, Pakistan). The session was coordinated by Ms Anju Anand and Ms Devika Mittal from Indian side and Mr Usama Palla and Ms Suraya Islam from Pakistan. We’re grateful they let us drop by!

The British tasked Cyril Radcliffe with the job of drawing a line to separate Punjab and Bengal provinces from India into East and West Pakistan. Muslims and Hindus weren’t the only ones being separated from each other. Sikhs and people from other faiths were affected as well.

A Sikh pilgrimage was divided because of the new border, Punjabi people of all faiths were separated from each other, and a culture was ultimately divided.

This Vox Borders episode looks at how the Radcliffe line changed Punjab and how communities are affected now.

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40 thoughts on “How this border transformed a subcontinent | India & Pakistan”

  1. UPDATE: An border crossing known as the Kartarpur Corridor has opened between India and Pakistan, linking two of the holiest sites in Sikhism for the first time in more than 70 years. The 4.7 kilometres corridor connects the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan to the border with India.

  2. I have been to Wagah Border and it is an experience! It's basically just a show of strength on both sides, and I wish that someday the stadium will be open. Free border crossings like the European Union. People able to easily cross into Pakistan and India

  3. Islamic radicalism in Pakistan is a great problem, without solving that issue there is no peace between India and Pakistan. It is not similar to Palestine, we do not hold the lands of Pakistan. They just want to infiltrate the terrorists.

  4. Modi not divide india jhonny Harris. India wanted a United country. Why blaming to modi. How many times muslim ruler attack on india. Why muslim throw stone on hindu function. Pakistan created by muslim league and jinnah . Sikh says Indian leader divide india wrong Indian National congress never wanted to make a new country in india. Modi not divides india. I know Johnny Harris. Your research problem. What a joke u make modi divide india nice joke.

  5. Pakistan terrorism Sponsored state. Every country known. Sikh says cause of dividing india is Indian leader. Sikh have no knowledge of partion of india. My father from sindh. I am come to Indian side gujrat after portion. Jonny Harris you take wrong person interview. India wanted remain United but muslim league and britisher help to divide india. So many riots held in Punjab ,kolkata ,bihar and other place.

  6. Nehru n Patel mainly responsible for partition……Jonah was in Congress for a long time…… Nehru n Patel refused….parity…. equal rights to Muslims….. hence partition

  7. As an Indian, I do not see any future of this India pakistan relationship. Currently I feel india has a strong economic foundation. Employment opportunities are plenty within the country. It is much ahead of Pakistan and intact many of the EU countries and the country is much safer under the current leadership and armed forces protecting our lands from a very toxic neighbors. Bharat mata ki jai!!!

  8. 14:45 – I mean it's true

    I'm not spreading hate against Pakistan
    I love the ppl too who respects India

    Pakistan is the one which is trying to escalate the conflict by sending ridiculous amounts of terrorists to india to commit genocide. Thats when our govt takes action by strengthening military arsenal , carrying out surgical strikes and many propoganda statements like how modiji made now against pak terrorism.

    Pakistan claims that India only is making situations worse. But in reality it's Pakistan. Their govt funds terrorists and they were the ones who illegal occupied western Kashmir and Ladakh , India signed a treaty with the Raja of Kashmir after partition where Kashmir will join India if India provides security to Kashmir against Pakistani threat. Immediately Pak army attacked western Kashmir and Ladakh.

    So it's them who worsen the conflict, not us.

    Even tho pakistan does all this , we congratulate their new leaders who get elected. Modi congratulated Shehbaz Sharif when he came into power.

    Imran Khan was at least decent and congratulated Modi and Modi too congratulated when Imran came into power.

    Sharif and Imran never congratulated our new president Draupadi Murmu when she got elected.

  9. It wasn't a "mismanagement of an imperial power"! this was a very calculated plan to weaken a great nation! to make them fight with each other!
    Last month India became the 5th largest economy in world ! bigger than UK! but if they were united with Pakistan and Bangladesh this would have happened probably 15 years ago!

  10. I think we need to be intellectually honest here. It was absolutely Britain who started this and who also stoked hate and resentment on each side for the other, and it is also true that subsequent leaders on each side (and citizens) have driven the division further and continued to stoke hate creating the situation we have today. I think presenting both sides as just victims, negates their agency in solving this or making new choices. I think the real "evil" here is religious intolerance.

  11. Stop just stop spreading lies now i know this channel don't know anything about what they are publishing they don't know about real Muslims and about hindus and why are they different. it's not based on the things u guys see. i mean seriously.

  12. 14:21 the border divided punjab and bengal province thus seperating people of same ethnicity but the one who claimed to be nationalists are actually the extremists of UP
    Who've never experienced the sufferings of partition
    Thus they can never understand the pain of we punjabi and bengali people and will always keep promoting hate bw india and pak

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