Disclaimer: This is a one sided account , I am sure there are similar stories on the other side of the border too ……..it was a suffering endured by a heart split into two. Love and peace to all
I am writing this today as an ode to my Grandparents, who brought us up with the tales of a land they called their home ….Sindh (now in Pakistan).
My grandmother had 6 more sisters, so when India and Pakistan were declared separate Nations in 1947 her father hurriedly got all 7 of them married for he was worried for their safety. A woman without a man was like a piece of meat in front of a hungry lion . Women were being raped , kidnapped held captive all in the name of Freedom of Nations.
All of sixteen years old she married my grandfather and together they left their home, land, all other belonging and fled to India.
We have heard horrid tales of how they witnessed mass murders. My grandfather chopped off his shikha (tuft of hair at back of the head of Hindu men) with his knife to save his life while traveling in a train to India. They traveled in those trains with blood of people flowing between their feet and their own drained out of their bodies out of fear.
They went through the worst phase of that time…. saw the worst things humans could do …..yet one thing was intact …….The love for their land , the love for their people who were left behind, irrespective of which religion they belonged to.
No one religion was doing this to another, these were humans harming humans……Hate when conquers a heart, throws humanity out the system.
I was very young when Baba (grandfather) left us but Dadi (grandmother)I have seen used to have this gleam in her eyes whenever she talked about Sindh. She died with a hope that one day she will go back to the place where she left her youth behind …….A place she called her home.
This makes me think that how easy it is to forget pain, to forget sufferings ….all that stays in the heart is Love. Only Love is real.
May be, just may be one day I will fulfill her wish and see her land through my eyes.
© Sakshi Gangwani 2018