Tragedy of partition can't be misused to fuel hate: Congress

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS): The Congress on Sunday attacked the BJP for 'using' the tragedy of partition for political goals.

Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh alleged that the real intent of the Prime Minister to mark August 14 as 'Partition Horrors Remembrance Day' is to use the most traumatic historical events as fodder for his current political battles. Lakhs were dislocated and lost their lives. Their sacrifices must not be forgotten or disrespected.

Jairam was responding to the Prime Minister's tweet in which he said, "Today, on #PartitionHorrorsRemembranceDay, I pay homage to all those who lost their lives during Partition, and applaud the resilience as well as grit of all those who suffered during that tragic period of our history."

Ramesh said the tragedy of partition cannot be misused to fuel hate and prejudice. "The truth is Savarkar originated 2 nation theory and Jinnah perfected it. Sardar Patel wrote, 'I felt that if we did not accept partition, India would be split into many bits and would be completely ruined'.

"Will the PM also recall today Shyama Prasad Mookherjee, the founder of the Jan Sangh, who championed the Partition of Bengal against the wishes of Sarat Chandra Bose, and who sat in free India's first Cabinet while the tragic consequences of Partition were becoming evident?" he added

The Congress alleged that the "modern day Savarkars and Jinnahs are continuing their efforts to divide the nation. The Indian National Congress will uphold the legacy of Gandhi, Nehru, Patel and many others who were untiring in their efforts to unite the nation. The politics of hate will be defeated".


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  • prem, moodbidri

    Sun, Aug 14 2022

    India's Partition avoided civil war, and so provided the space for nation-building. And so, even as we celebrate this 75th anniversary of Independence, let us not mourn Partition. It was a building block of the unified, secular India we have today.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Sun, Aug 14 2022

    If India and Pakistan were not made as 2 separate countries, undivided India would have 45% Hindus & 45% Muslims (10% rest other religions). In this case, BJP would have even born in India by spreading hatred among religions! Just imagine situation of India, if remained Undivided today. Bhakths just speak... dont apply any logic to it!

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  • Karuna, Bengaluru

    Sun, Aug 14 2022

    Assuming there was no partisian, as of today the total population of Indian sub continent would have been 170 crores, 130 ,23 and 17 crores in India Pakistan and Bangladesh. Assuming there are 25 cr muslims in Indiaas of today, than the total population of Muslims would be 65 crores , rest of them would have been Hindus and Christians. So where is the comparison. If it was one country than there would not have been breeding of muslims populationas his happening in Pakistan, due to a different environments of living in India and better educational facility definstely there would have been less muslims than they are now

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