Partition – A woman’s story

In 1947, Subhadra Butalia was only 26 years old and used to work as a teacher in Delhi. At the time of partition, she had her family, including her mother and brother, living in Model Town, Lahore as they all orginally belonged to this city.

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Subhadra Butalia [Image Courtesy: BBC Online]

In a touching memory recall, Ms Butalia shares her own experience of the events; scenes of massacre & utter madness; a family’s suffering and the circumstances in which her own brother refused to leave for independent India and did not let even their mother go, falling victim to insecurity, greed and selfishness and finally converted to Islam due to social pressure and inside fears.

Audio Slideshow: A Memory of Partition

If I’m not wrong, Ms Butalia’s own daughter has also written about her reunion journey to Lahore where she met her lost maternal uncle and his family. Her story, which has been published in several newspapers and books, was titled as ‘Ranamama’ (Uncle Rana).

1 Comment so far

  1. JayJay (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

    Hasan, thanks for reminding readers of the tragedy inflicted by the partition on citizens of Lahore, no matter which faith they followed. It is even more tragic when someone is forced to ditch his faith for the sake of life. Subhadra Butalia’s story is that of millions of Punjabis.



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