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Shaheen Bagh | ThePrint

Indian secularism still has a future if followers stop blame game with RSS: Rajmohan Gandhi

Yogendra Yadav's understanding of Abhay Dubey's book on Indian secularism is indisputable. But let's not forget that secularism forced even RSS to accept lower-caste Hindus.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Doordarshan’s Buniyaad, a family drama that masterfully captured the pangs of Partition

Buniyaad was put together by stellar performances, writing that relied on realism and authentic production design that brought pre-Partition Hindustan to the small screen.
File photo of people outside a NRC Seva Kendra in Guwahati | PTI

73 yrs ago, Sylhet Referendum left a Hindu community homeless between Assam and Bangladesh

The Sylhet Referendum of 1947 led to the Partition of the state of Assam, but it left Sylheti Hindus in strife for decades.
Graphic: Soham Sen | ThePrint

The Pind Collective, an India-Pakistan art project that’s now focusing on responses to Covid

The initiative unites artists from both sides of the border on a website where they share their work and respond to each other’s pieces.
Lyricist and poet Gulzar has written on the exodus of migrant workers. | ThePrint

In search of home in a pandemic — Gulzar’s new poem likens migrant crisis to Partition

Between Partition and the migrant exodus, Gulzar says he doesn't know which is worse. Read the poem and translation by Rakhshanda Jalil.
Migrant workers move in packed buses | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India’s Covid-19 exodus isn’t like Partition but 2020 has one thing in common with 1947

Covid-19 & Partition share one key element which leaders today overlooked as cavalierly as the founders of India and Pakistan did in 1947: Fear.
Refugees on a train during Partition of India, 1947 | Wikimedia Commons

Oral history work goes remote as 1947 Partition Archive opts to ‘work-from-home’

The Archive's work typically involves conducting in-person interviews with individuals who are 75+, an age group particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.
Refugees on a train during Partition of India, 1947 | Wikimedia Commons

India-Pakistan diplomacy wasn’t poisoned after violent Partition. Officials kept their calm

In Animosity at Bay, Pallavi Raghavan writes about how India and Pakistan together prioritised creating a mutually-acceptable administrative architecture.
Darbar Mahal, Bahawalpur | Wikimedia Commons

For a broke Pakistan, Bahawalpur was the kingdom that kept on giving. Then it vanished

In Bahawalpur, Anabel Loyd writes about how the wealthy nawab of the kingdom met Pakistan’s expenses post-Partition and was also forced to give up its army.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mountbatten planned to partition India into many countries. Then VP Menon stepped in

India’s future had been decided in a matter of 3 hours, between 7 am and 10.30 am, by Nehru and Mountbatten. And it was VP Menon who drew up a draft.

On Camera

A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.