Partition : A Look-Back in Nostalgia & Anguish

Jaipur : 18 August,    The Department of English, Jaipur National University, organized  ‘Paper Presentation’ programme on 17 August to mark the Declaration of the Radcliffe Line – the Border Line  / The Bloody Line  drawn between India and Pakistan in 1947. Writers and Film-Makers  have sensitively captured in their Literary and Celluloid productions the traumatic  experiences of the people of the two countries  . Tamas  by Bhisham Sahni , Pinjar  by Amrita Pritam and Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh, are some of the finest examples of ‘Partition Literature’  . Students  presented papers on the various dimensions of ‘Partition Literature’ and  also screened  heart-touching  movie/documentary clippings depicting the massacre , the riots and the agony of  dislocation & alienation resulting from this unfortunate divide between two nations.

Students of the department  also presented a Skit  they had specially scripted  for this occasion to bring out the surging emotions of the nightmarish event of ‘Partition’  . The event  was presided over by Dr. Rani Rathore , HOD , English , ICG/IIS University . Appreciating the efforts of the students  in putting up such an innovative  show  to mark the Partition , Chancellor / Chairperson of the university  , Dr Sandeep Bakshi  said that such events  sensitize today’s youth to the excruciating pain and horror faced by the people of the two countries during the unfortunate event of ‘Partition’  . Referring to the poetry of Gulzar , he said that the human bond , between the people , however , certainly outweighs the political rivalries , and that is what needs to be celebrated.

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