‘Partition trauma being used as fodder for current political battles’

NEW DELHI, Aug 14: Congress General Secretary Communication Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said the real intent behind marking August 14 as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day is to use the most traumatic historical events as fodder for his current political battles. He also said that the politics of hate will be defeated.
In a statement, Ramesh said lakhs upon lakhs were dislocated and lost their lives in Partition. “Their sacrifices must not be forgotten or disrespected.”
“The tragedy of partition, cannot be misused to fuel hate and prejudice. The truth is Savarkar originated two 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’,” said Ramesh.
“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 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,” he said.
On 14 August 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that the August 14 will annually be remembered as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’ to remind the nation of the sufferings and sacrifices of Indians during the partition in 1947. (UNI)