Prime Minister Narendra Modi said August 14 will henceforth be observed as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day, in memory of the “struggles and sacrifices” of thousands of people who had lost their lives during the country’s partition in 1947.
The eve of India’s Independence Day should remind Indians of the need to remove disharmony and social divisions, Modi said.
In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said, “Partition’s pains can never be forgotten. Millions of our sisters and brothers were displaced and many lost their lives due to mindless hate and violence. In memory of the struggles and sacrifices of our people, 14th August will be observed as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day.”
The bitter partition had resulted in killings on both sides, prompted by communal clashes.
“May the Partition Horrors Remembrance Day keep reminding us of the need to remove the poison of social divisions, disharmony and further strengthen the spirit of oneness, social harmony and human empowerment,” he said.