To depict the trauma that Punjabis in particular went through during Partition in 1947, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked the state government officials to explore the feasibility of building a museum in Amritsar.
He took the decision at Punjab Bhawan here on Friday evening in a meeting with the state officers and the non-government organisation The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust. "Partition was one of the darkest chapters of the Indian history, since it displaced nearly 1.5-crore people and killed almost 5 lakh during migration between India and Pakistan," said Badal.
The CM said Punjab, then the most prosperous state of the country, faced the maximum brunt of Partition, "and its wounds are still afresh in the memories of the people who had witnessed that horror". Badal said a memorial in the holy city of Amritsar would help acquaint the younger generations with this part of history and bring the people of India and Pakistan closer by showing them how they had suffered in this mass migration and what they had lost.