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July-August 2012 Newsletter

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This week marks the 65th anniversary of Partition. While we celebrate Independence for South Asia, we also take a moment of silence to remember the innocent victims of the chaos that unfolded during Partition.


The last feather

Professor Abdul Jabbar with his wife, Talat Jabbar

Professor Abdul Jabbar was only 5 years old during Partition but recalls those days vividly.  He lived in the railway colony in Merut with his siblings and parents, since his father was an officer in the Railway Service.  He recalls how he tried to take his pet chicken with him on the day that they were fleeing to Pakistan, but it was yanked out of his hand and only feathers remained.  He held onto some of those feathers and used them as bookmarks for years to come once they were in Pakistan.  Read More...


Summer interns arrive

Rinko Chibara arrived from Japan on August 5, 2012.  Inspired by Japan's own history and the documentation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the desire to learn more about South Asian culture, Rinko is lending her time and skills to volunteer for us full time.  She is helping us archive and currate the collected stories, thus accelerating that process.  She will remain with us for the rest of summer.

Punjabi Culture Fellow selected

We are excited to announce that the American India Foundation has made their final selection of the 2012 Clinton Fellow for the Punjabi Culture Fellows program:  Manleen Sandhu.  She will be working closely with scholars at Guru Nanak Dev University in recording life stories shaped by Partition as well as folk stories in Punjabi villages. 

Manleen has been trained in socio-cultural anthropology and religious studies with a focus on South Asia as a graduate at the University of Virginia. Having been born in Punjab, she has strong emotional ties to the land she lived in till the age of 13, before her family immigrated to the US. Her passion lies in exploring the nature and implications of cross-border cultural connections in South Asia, specifically between Indian and Pakistani Punjab. She strongly believes there is much to be explored about the ways in which Partition came to define our knowledge of life in Punjab both before and after August 1947. She hopes that through her work as an AIF Clinton Fellow for Punjabi Culture she will be able to contribute to a deeper understanding of the formulation and reinforcement of the complex cultural identities created as a result of the Partition.

Congratulations to Manleen!

Thank you for Joining us this year! Event Summary

Thank you for helping to make Sevathon a success this year.
Runners: 24
Donors: 49
Raised: $4029

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The logo featured in the header of this newsletter has been designed by Pixar artist, Arjun Rihan, who is also the maker of "Topi" a short film on Partition featured on our website.  Arjun is kindly devoting a part of his time to designing our website.

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