Partition Museum

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Partition Museum
Partition museum logo.jpg
Partition museum logo
Established25 August 2017 (2017-08-25)
LocationAmritsar, Punjab, India
Coordinates31.6258° N, 74.8787° E
Collections1947 archives, oral histories
FounderThe Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust (TAACHT)
ChairpersonKishwar Desai
Nearest parkingLimited
Websitehttp://www.partitionmuseum.org/
Partition museum in Amritsar

The Partition Museum is a public museum located in the town hall in Amritsar, India.[1] The museum aims to become the central repository of stories, materials, and documents related to the post-partition riots that followed the division of British India into two independent countries: India and Pakistan. The museum was inaugurated on 25 August 2017.[2]

History[edit]

In 1947, British India was divided into India and Pakistan. The partition lines, drawn on a map by the British lawyer Cyril Radcliffe, divided the states of Punjab into West Punjab and East Punjab on the basis of religion. As a result, millions of people found themselves on the wrong side of the border overnight. According to various estimates, more than 800,000 Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs were killed in the riots that followed the partition between August 1947 to January 1948. Additionally, more than 1,400,000 people became refugees.

The government of Punjab founded this museum with The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust of the United Kingdom as a way to memorialize those who were affected by the partition.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kaur, Usmeet (25 October 2016). "Country's first Partition Museum: A story of pain and resurgence". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  2. ^ Menon, Parvathi (3 December 2015). "Amritsar's Partition museum to relive a generation's sacrifices". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Partition Museum, India". The Partition Museum. Retrieved 6 January 2019.