How this border transformed a subcontinent | India & Pakistan

  • Published: 26 June 2019
  • The story of how a hastily-drawn line divided one people into two.
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    The video conferencing session between the two schools was conducted between students of Gyan Mandir Public School (Delhi, India) and Adamjee Model School (Karachi, Pakistan). The session was coordinated by Ms Anju Anand and Ms Devika Mittal from Indian side and Mr Usama Palla and Ms Suraya Islam from Pakistan. We're grateful they let us drop by!

    The British tasked Cyril Radcliffe with the job of drawing a line to separate Punjab and Bengal provinces from India into East and West Pakistan. Muslims and Hindus werenโ€™t the only ones being separated from each other. Sikhs and people from other faiths were affected as well.

    A Sikh pilgrimage was divided because of the new border, Punjabi people of all faiths were separated from each other, and a culture was ultimately divided.

    This Vox Borders episode looks at how the Radcliffe line changed Punjab and how communities are affected now.

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  • Johnny Harris
    Johnny Harris  4 months back

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    • Mahmood Ul Hassan Awan
      Mahmood Ul Hassan Awan  2 weeks back

      Gandhi said that a Hindu state can have a Muslim majority Kashmir and they kept Kashmir in India but now we can clearly see that Quaid e Asam was right with two state theory Hindu can never live with. Muslim or any other minority because it's RSS that Hindustan only belongs to Hindu.......that is ethnic cleansing like hitler did.........

    • Muhammad Usman
      Muhammad Usman  2 weeks back

      Now come to Pakistan to cover second side of story, sikhs rapes 300000 Muslim young women's, murdered 1.5 million men, captured our 200000 young Muslim women and forcefully change their religion from Muslim to sikhs, this is also not happen ever in history of entire world

    • pro
      pro  2 weeks back

      Please correct map of INDIA. J&K is INDIAN state.

    • Sulata Mojumder
      Sulata Mojumder  3 weeks back

      Do not pretend it is the politics that has created two countries. Name a single country where Muslims are majority with Minority people living happily with them. Just name one such country.

  • s d
    s d  57 minutes back

    We were brothers.
    But now we are enemies.

    • Shums Sng
      Shums Sng  2 hours back

      I love my sikh brother n sisters.

      • Ritu Bhatt
        Ritu Bhatt  5 hours back

        India didn't play with faiths and beliefs.
        It was pakistan who always sent terrorists and took so many lives of civilians and soldiers..Pulwama attacks uri attacks and what not.
        Because of that indians wanted a leader who could give the people justice and fight against terrorism. That's what it all came from.
        It's not political fight it's a fight against terrorism and bloodshed!

        • Ranjan Mudi
          Ranjan Mudi  6 hours back

          I'm not agree about Indian leader Don't want peace, fact is everytime Pakistan sponsored Terrorist attack in India..
          After that how India will talking about peace with Pakistan? ๐Ÿค”

          • People's Stories
            People's Stories  6 hours back

            why showing modi nehru jinnah gandhi who were main culprit in dividing the subcontinent

            • Deepanshu Sharma
              Deepanshu Sharma  9 hours back

              the shortest 18 minute video

              • Deepanshu Sharma
                Deepanshu Sharma  9 hours back

                This is the most wholesome India-Pakistan video

                • Deepanshu Sharma
                  Deepanshu Sharma  9 hours back

                  you are sitting on the Indian side in wagah border..that explains a lot.

                  • Ayush Chaurasia
                    Ayush Chaurasia  17 hours back

                    If Hitler wouldn't have existed then the Britishers would have been the real villain in modern history

                    • M Masseh S
                      M Masseh S  21 hours back

                      All the British faults

                      • Sudipa
                        Sudipa  1 days back

                        I've been a big fan of the British. My favourite actor is British, my favourite tourist destination is the UK, my favourite author is British, my favourite fictional characters are British. But, what they did to us, is inexplicably horrific.

                        • Denny Martรญne
                          Denny Martรญne  1 days back

                          Seriously? You put a huge emphasis on the British government creating the border but no mention of who was burning the villages and murdering its people?

                          • VIPER PATHAK
                            VIPER PATHAK  1 days back

                            dont show wrong map of india

                            • Nirzar Bujade
                              Nirzar Bujade  1 days back

                              Correct the Indian Map from Jammu and Kashmir

                              • Sebastian Harja
                                Sebastian Harja  1 days back

                                Hongkong ask for british help ?

                                • Viken Me
                                  Viken Me  2 days back

                                  hmmm there is a sincere ignorance that this video is based on. Blaming the British is a global sport that this guy seems not immune to it. The reason for the violence of partition is that Muslim majority wanted to live in a Muslim state as people do, but it came at a cost. The issue here is religion, neighbors who share whole generations next to each other can think the other is a heathen if they happen to be born under a different banner. The problem is religion and religious leaders played these differences to divide up a land and claim it for themselves and subsequently ... you all know how this goes. As long as human society fall for religious mythologies, they will mistreat their neighbors and fellow society members. Vox, you have to be a little more careful to add context so u can be accurate historically, you missed the violence that plagued India before partition which caused the hasty withdrawal, and the assassination of Gandhi too. There was no good solution only degrees of bad, "don't make Perfect the enemy of Good " Rant over!

                                  • Ujjwal Kumar
                                    Ujjwal Kumar  2 days back

                                    Hey man why u didn't not visited terroristan

                                    • Tam Imad The BoSS
                                      Tam Imad The BoSS  2 days back

                                      Moments of 03:17 almost shocked me heard .

                                      • Murtaza Khan
                                        Murtaza Khan  2 days back

                                        Wonder only Indians mainly Hindus have a problem with border and Pakistan?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

                                        • sunshine hope
                                          sunshine hope  2 days back

                                          A border that separates people. I hope to live till the day when all those borders that were drawn without the permission of people goes away

                                          • sunshine hope
                                            sunshine hope  2 days back

                                            If an Pakistani is reading my comment- *HAVE FUN IN LIFE! LOVE FROM INDIA! ๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ*

                                            • Haseeb Ahmed
                                              Haseeb Ahmed  2 days back

                                              Two Nation Theory By Muhammad Ali Janah. I love it and I know it from Inside.
                                              A 70+ Days curfew in Kashmir is a big Live Example. We love our sovereignty.

                                              We are two totally different Nations. Don't compare us. We are 7 times smaller than our neighbors and Mark these words. They hate our existence we feel it even from the majority of their population. They lynch Minorities in India, We wish the best for Indian Muslims and Christians as well.

                                              It is Pakistani Leader Imran Khan who volunteered for Kartarpur corridor for Sikhs.

                                              • zaidi Mir
                                                zaidi Mir  2 days back

                                                I love Kashmir l love pakistan

                                                • vsaikiranv
                                                  vsaikiranv  2 days back

                                                  Only Common point in all these videos is England. England divided and ruled most of the countries and created disturbances among peole. Ofcorz did some development by looting treasure in all countries!!

                                                  • Adarsh Biswas
                                                    Adarsh Biswas  2 days back

                                                    Its not a problem created by British but its a problem created by radical islam.

                                                    • Adarsh Biswas
                                                      Adarsh Biswas  2 days back

                                                      You want Kashmir and we want your head.
                                                      Jai hind

                                                      • Adarsh Biswas
                                                        Adarsh Biswas  2 days back

                                                        20% of inadians are Muslim while only 2% of Pakistani are hindus, this is because India didn't force Muslims to leave india.
                                                        ( My grandparents were fore to leave Pakistan)

                                                        • General Bajwa
                                                          General Bajwa  27 minutes back

                                                          Yes they did, how many muslims left in punjab ?

                                                      • Paritosh Sahu
                                                        Paritosh Sahu  3 days back

                                                        It was muslims who were/are intolerant narrow minded in nature had divided the most ancient civilization. Don't blame the British as this much. Infact mighty british were the reason to destroy the most cruel mughol sultanate back in india.

                                                        • Muhammad Hussain
                                                          Muhammad Hussain  3 days back

                                                          Britishers never wanted a new Muslim state specially in the subcontinent region we Muslims get our country by our own efforts because if Pakistan was not created by the Muslims of the subcontinent Great jinnah so we Muslims will be the slaves of the hindus after the britishers because hindus are in majority in India 70% and we Muslims are in millions but minority and in the damocratic country only majority has power

                                                          • Vivek J
                                                            Vivek J  3 days back

                                                            the nationalism on either side is just for show. in real life the people are corrupt to the core. its always me first.

                                                            • S.R Gamer
                                                              S.R Gamer  3 days back

                                                              you go to PAKISTAN

                                                              • Adam de Raihan
                                                                Adam de Raihan  3 days back

                                                                I will killed this Lawyer's Family if I find them!๐Ÿ˜ก

                                                                • Mohammad kashif
                                                                  Mohammad kashif  3 days back

                                                                  Same language ?yeah hahaha . Pakistan,s largest ethnicity is punjabi and they speak punjabi and 2nd largest ethnicity is pashtun who speaks pashto and cant utter a proper word in urdu if they havent been to school and colleges where they have been taught urdu and their culture is 100 percent different from indians they are same as afghans so pakistan and india you see are not alike

                                                                  • the truth
                                                                    the truth  3 days back

                                                                    Real is cause ๐Ÿ‘‰ Islam ...

                                                                    That's a ultimate truth...๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

                                                                    • Bhagya Bansal
                                                                      Bhagya Bansal  4 days back

                                                                      Remember Pakistan and its leaders have a problem, who do 9/11 and Mumbai attacks not India or its politicians

                                                                      • Anish Kumar
                                                                        Anish Kumar  4 days back

                                                                        Now I know how culturally similar Pakisthan is from India. This is first time I saw Pakistan away from Media channels. Truly Pakistan and India could walk hand in hand one day

                                                                        • Prateek Agrawal
                                                                          Prateek Agrawal  4 days back

                                                                          This is made with so much love & compassion! Proud of Johnny, fab work!!!

                                                                          • Grace Susetyo
                                                                            Grace Susetyo  4 days back

                                                                            I've never been to India or Pakistan and hardly know any Sikhs but I cried watching this whole video because I know what it's like to be separated from the motherland by some history I did not choose. Sending much love from Indonesia

                                                                            • Jasen Tan
                                                                              Jasen Tan  5 days back

                                                                              white people like drawing lines

                                                                              • Themba Dube
                                                                                Themba Dube  5 days back

                                                                                The British also buggered southern Africa. The border between South Africa and Botswana is the epitome of absurdity.

                                                                                • WIZARD GAMING
                                                                                  WIZARD GAMING  5 days back

                                                                                  8:34 they were not forced to go to pak but they were being killed by hindus to prevent them going to pak

                                                                                  • Naz Lim
                                                                                    Naz Lim  6 days back

                                                                                    Love you video.

                                                                                    • Seppe Zimmerer
                                                                                      Seppe Zimmerer  6 days back

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                                                                                      • Ali Khan
                                                                                        Ali Khan  6 days back

                                                                                        The border was held to prevent what is happed now to Muslims in india.
                                                                                        And that is enough for a reason.

                                                                                        • naveed saeed
                                                                                          naveed saeed  6 days back

                                                                                          A very good job but when we talk about partition of the subcontinent and not only India because there is no india on that time you have to also see the (Two nation theory) then you can completely understand this division of subcontinent

                                                                                          • Imran
                                                                                            Imran  6 days back

                                                                                            Indians have to get rid of modi and the ideology he follows, because im proud to say right now we have a strong leader who wants peace and prosperity but that can only happen when India has a leadership that wants the same....people of both countries generally speaking want to live in peace....

                                                                                            • Henny Miranda
                                                                                              Henny Miranda  6 days back