Dr. Mahmood Awan has written extensively on the trauma of Partition. I read his article on the Punjab partition and I cried. For some of us the trauma of partition still lingers through these heart wrenching stories and it will remain in the generation of Punjabis that were born after the Partition. Unfortunately Partition never ended it continues in us and we collectively need to make a genuine effort to defeat this mindless menace of intolerance that permeates both of our societies. Thank you so much for writing this piece.
A day before his death, legendary poet and songwriter Ahmad Rahi (Amritsar, 1923-2002) was lying paralysed in a ward of Mayo Hospital, Lahore. Fiction writer Ilyas Ghumman and others were standing around him, sad and silent. All of a sudden he opened his eyes, his lips moved and he whispered something in the ear of the attending nurse. Ghumman says, when I asked her what is he saying, she replied: “Baba kehnda mainu Amritsar lay challo.”