It Was South Asian Heritage Month Recently, and It Was Emotional

Zabe Khan
ILLUMINATION
Published in
3 min readAug 17, 2022

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Photo by Thomas Kelley on Unsplash

In August 1947, the British ended their 200-year-long rule in the Indian subcontinent and divided it into two separate nations, Pakistan and India. When speaking about the Partition era, it is not entirely accurate to say people shouldn’t cling to their past and move on. If you know anyone whose origins are from India and Pakistan, they’ll probably have a story or two to tell you about the volatile Partition era. The events of 75 years ago continue to shape the culture, politics and identity of people from India and Pakistan.

Enduring pain and memories

The Partition era has been recently depicted on screen with eerie accuracy in Ms Marvel, episode 5. I couldn’t help but go into deep thought as I recalled the painful and emotional stories of the troubles, fears and horrors of that time my grandparents told me I was small. It isn’t easy to hold back the tears even after the events of 75 years ago. Like others whose roots lie in the sub-continent, I can trace my roots back to the events of 1947. On the day India was split into two, my grandfather, his brothers, and our family members made the perilous journey from the Indian side to Lahore — what is now Pakistan. One of my uncles, now in his 70s, had to be delivered in an emergency in a secluded part of a forest en route to Pakistan, away from the violence. My…

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Zabe Khan
ILLUMINATION

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