Commemorated on August 14, ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day,’ also known as ‘Vibhajan Vibhishika Smriti Diwas,’ serves as a solemn occasion to honor and remember the countless lives lost due to the partition.
As Tuesday marks the 77th anniversary of India’s independence, the nation is gearing up for celebrations. Organizers have arranged preparations, including ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ rallies, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi encouraged citizens to engage actively. He urged them to update their social media profile pictures, share selfies with the tricolor, and participate in activities symbolizing national unity.
Remembering those who lost their lives in the horrors of partition and suffered the pain of displacement!#PartitionHorrorsRemembranceDay
— PIB India (@PIB_India) August 13, 2023
Reflecting on the Painful Legacy of Partition
Prior to the forthcoming festive celebration of India’s independence, citizens observe a solemn ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day,’ also recognized as ‘Vibhajan Vibhishika Smriti Diwas,’ every August 14. The Prime Minister established this day in 2021, aiming for a poignant remembrance of lives lost and the displacement endured during the nation’s partition.
Triggering one of humanity’s most massive migrations, the partition displaced approximately 20 million individuals. Uprooting families from their ancestral homes – villages, towns, and cities – reshaped innumerable lives, initiating a journey of survival and resilience. An official government statement conveyed this revelation when the day was first announced.
Prime Minister Modi Designates August 14 as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day
In the proclamation of August 14 as an annual observance of Partition Horrors Remembrance Day, Prime Minister Modi underlined that the anguish of the partition remains indelible. He emphasized that the devastation brought about by ‘senseless’ animosity and brutality led to the loss of countless lives. In tribute to the enduring struggles and selflessness, August 14 has been designated as a day to remember the horrors of the partition.
“May the significance of #PartitionHorrorsRemembranceDay continuously prompt us to eradicate the venom of societal divides and disharmony while reinforcing the essence of unity, social concord, and human empowerment,” expressed Modi.
Partition Horrors Remembrance Day stands as a somber occasion to reflect on past tragedies, honor the resilience of those affected, and work towards a future defined by harmony and unity. Through remembrance and education, we can contribute to a world that rejects division and embraces the lessons of history.