Amritsar: Chief Minister re-inaugurates first Partition Museum in India

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Friday, August, 18 2017 - 16:24

Chief Minister of Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday re-inaugurated first Partition Museum in Amritsar, Punjab, dedicated to India-Pakistan Partition in 1947 – its victims, its survivors and its lasting legacy.

The museum was first opened on October 24, 2016, by former CM Sukhbir Badal.

Housed in a heritage building, the museum contains several galleries, space for holding events, an area for recording people’s stories, an archival room and a shop.

The museum showcase official documents, rare photos, literature, artifacts, newspaper clippings and films related to the Partition.

Screens show video interviews with the now-elderly survivors. Visitors are invited to scribble messages of love and peace on leaf-shaped papers an hange them on a barbed-wire tree in the Gallery of Hope.

“The idea, was to have visitors participate in the “greening” of the tree and to think of peace and reconciliation between the torn nations”, Mallika Ahluwalia, CEO of the Partition Museum told reporters.

The partition left hundreds of thousands of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs dead and another 15 million displaced from their ancestral homes.

The historic city of Amritsar was the transit point of the massive migration on both sides of the border in 1947.

The museum is a nonprofit trust. The government of Punjab founded this museum with the The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust (TAACHT) of the United Kingdom. The Punjab government donated the space.


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