Speakers, who took part in the 46th session of the Punjab history conference which opened at Punjabi University here, stressed to undertake studies on the Partition of 1947 for fresh interpretations.
The Department of the Punjab Historical Studies organised the event on the theme "Partition of Punjab, 1947- from March 14 to March 16."
Delegates from various colleges and universities of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kolkata, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and other states are participating in the conference.
During the inaugural session of the conference, chief guest Professor Mushirul Hasan stated that the Partition of India was not only a geographical divide but it also led to cultural and language divide too.
He emphasised that fresh interpretations on the Partition was required. Professor Suranjan Das, vice-chancellor, Calcutta University, Kolkata delivered his lecture, highlighting the communalization of Punjab and Bengal which made the Partition a reality.
According to him, communalism in India was a modern phenomenon which was a product of the British imperialism. It occurred at two levels-elitist and popular. This led to the Partition of India. The Partition led to the large- scale migration of the population and women suffered the most.
Tarlochan Singh, former chairman, National Minority Commission, New Delhi was the guest of honour. While paying tribute to Ganda Singh, an eminent historian, he shared his experiences of the Partition and stated that the Partition had affected peace and harmony in South Asia
Professor Kirpal Singh, professor of Sikhism and former professor and head, Department of Punjab Historical Studies, discussed the Partition of Punjab as a unique event in the history of mankind. He emphasised that the work of British authors should be analysed properly as they mostly provided correct facts about the causes of the Partition.