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azaadi (Freedom)

India & Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day

Today marks 75th Independence Day for India šŸ‡®šŸ‡³ and yesterday for PakistanšŸ‡µšŸ‡°

While many celebrate these days as the birth of new nations, we pay respects to the 14 million people uprooted during the 1947 partition and the subsequent lingering impacts of divisive rhetoric in history books and media. It is less a matter of patriotism, more about the pursuit of curiosity and truth.

During independence day, we encourage you to learn, connect and listen to stories of our ancestors and those who survived during this time.

We recommend three brilliant books by female South Asian authors – Partition Voices by Kavita Puri (Ā @kavpuri) , The footprints of Partition by Anam Zakaria (Ā @anamzakaria5Ā ) & Remnants of Partition by Aanchal Malhotra (Ā @aanch_m ). If reading is not your medium of learning, the spoken word piece below by Jaspreet Kaur is powerful.

Jaspreet Kaur’s powerful spoken word piece on partitionĀ 

A message from Daizy Maan, Co-founder Australian South Asian CentreĀ 

An talk with Pakistani author Anam Zakaria focused on oral history and lived experiencesĀ 

Australian South Asian Centre is a membership driven community, you can apply to become a member over on our home page. Our membership is only open to women.

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