The replica of a well, reminiscent of the killings committed to protect honour, a lock used to keep values safe during journey, a wedding saree – are among exhibits that will narrate the story of the largest human migration ever, at the ‘Partition Museum’ in Amritsar. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will inaugurate the ‘Partition Museum’ on August 17, two days after the country would have celebrated its 71st Independence Day. Soon after the country attained Independence on August 15, the migration of the lakhs, who found themselves caught on the wrong side of the border in Punjab and Bengal, had begun; and the museum would present and record their stories.
Punjab tourism and culture minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said the state government will extend all support to the Arts And Cultural Heritage Trust, which is setting up the museum. The inauguration of the Partition Museum will be preceded by an online campaign ‘Chalo Amritsar’ to observe ‘Partition Remembrance Day.’
Several high level dignitaries, with a large number of NRIs from partition-affected families, are expected to be present at the inauguration of the museum that will narrate the story of the triumph of the hope of the partition survivors over despair, informed author, columnist and the chairman of the trust, Kishwar Desai.