New Delhi: If we have made mistakes in history, then it is our responsibility to rectify those mistakes. The country was divided in 1947, but now the country cannot be divided. Now only India will remain and India will guide the whole world that how all people irrespective of their religion, or sect, can live peacefully on the soil of India. This is the beauty of the land of India. Today we have only one identity we are Indians. Together we will make India the best. This view was shared by the Director General of IIMC, Prof. (Dr.) Sanjay Dwivedi on the occasion of 'Bhajan Vibhishika Memorial Day' jointly organized by the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts today.
The topic of discussion was 'Partition's horror', in which mainly senior journalists Trilok Deep, Ashutosh, Vivek Shukla, and senior writer Krishnanand Sagar expressed their views. Pro. Dwivedi said that India is like a model to the whole world. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks of 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas'. We are a country giving the message of happiness, peace, and prosperity to the world.
Senior journalist Ashutosh said that the pain of division is mainly expressed in such events, but today a serious academic discourse is visible in this event of IIMC, which is an exemplary initiative. He told that one aspect of the horror of Partition is that even after facing the pain of this tragedy of the world, the refugees who came to India did not let the spirit of humanity in them diminish. A large number of schools, ashrams, and hospitals opened by him are examples of this.
Trilok Deep, a senior journalist and former editor of 'Sunday Mail', shared his experience and told that he lived in Rawalpindi and was 12 years old when Pakistan was formed. He told that in 1947, around Holi, he heard some religious slogans, after which the police asked him to lock himself in his house. Later a large number of people were kept in the camps for two weeks. He told that this incident had given him a foreshadowing of partition. He got emotional telling how as a journalist he went to Rawalpindi after independence and also went to his home and school. He told that he misses that country a lot, misses that land a lot.
Senior journalist Vivek Shukla said that he comes from a family which has seen and suffered the brunt of Partition very closely. He said that people think that only Hindus come to India from Pakistan, but it is not so. Many Muslims who believed in the Congress ideology also came to India from Pakistan. He told that the refugees who came to India have a huge contribution to India's economy today. Most of the refugees were business people. Senior author Krishnanand Sagar said that Partition was a huge tragedy, the ground reality of which is very different from the official figures. He said that he was an eyewitness to hundreds of accidents where people were bitten on trains, shot, people were kept in camps, and had to face various kinds of torture there.
Referring to his book 'The Witnesses of Partition India', he said that the book contains interviews of 350 people who witnessed the tragedy of Partition and the book has been published in four volumes. The program started with a short film produced by the Films Division on the Partition of the country. The program was conducted by the Chairman of the Urdu Journalism Department, Prof. Pramod Kumar and a vote of thanks went to Dean Academics Prof. Govind Singh. A large number of faculty and staff of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication were present at the seminar.