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1947 Partition Archive | December 2010 Newsletter

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If you or someone you know witnessed the events of 1947, contact us to schedule an interview,
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To those who have taken the time to share their stories, we express immense gratitude both personally and on behalf of future generations.

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The "terrible migration would alter forever the face and character of one of the richest swathes of land on the globe"
from "Freedom at Midnight" by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins

Introducing our newsletter

The 1947 Partition Archive is proud to present this introductory newsletter for our organization.  Since August, we have been actively seeking and collecting video narratives from witnesses of the 1947 Partition of British India.  We are working to preserve this fast disappearing memory of South Asian history for future generations.  Given that 63 years have passed and much of the collective memory surrounding Partition has been lost, we feel a strong urgency to record as many testimonies as possible, as soon as possible.  Since August, nearly 70 eye witnesses and those who were displaced by Partition have shared their experiences with us on video.  This is often a cathartic experience for those sharing their stories, and an invaluable learning experience for the volunteers who are gathering knowledge about their heritage.  As our volunteer base continues to grow, so does the rate at which we are able to collect testimonies and expand our project.  In this newsletter, you can read about our growing efforts around the globe.

Our monthly newsletters will bring you updates on the progress of our project and our efforts to bring knowledge of Partition into main stream consciousness.  Future newsletters will also feature video testimonies recorded from those who have memories of 1947, as well as reflections from the volunteers on their interview experience.  If you no longer wish to receive this monthly newsletter, you may unsubscribe at any time by following the links at the bottom of this message.

In Gratitude

To those who have taken the time to share their memories from 1947 with us, we express immense gratitude both personally and on behalf of future generations.

We are also thankful to all our fellow volunteers who have joined hands to make this project a reality.

News and Updates
Now conducting interviews in several cities

Volunteers are now actively collecting 1947 testimonials and interviews in the San Francisco Bay Area (USA), Amritsar District (India), Chandigarh (India), Ludhiana (India), Ajmer (India) and Delhi (India).  Contact us to schedule an interview in any of these cities.

A course on Partition at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley undergraduates Ramandeep Kaur and Harkiran Bolaria, have worked with Ethnic Studies Professor, Dr. Alex Saragoza to organize a course on Partition beginning Spring 2011.  The syllabus entails selected readings on Partition to increase awareness and understanding of this event, as well as field work which involves interviewing elders from the community who have witnessed the events of 1947.  The 1947 Partition Archive will assist in the later aspect of the course.  Undergraduates Sukhveer Cheema and Jaskiran Mann will also be assisting with the course.

UC Berkeley Library joins the effort

The Bancroft Library at the University of California in Berkeley (UC Berkeley) will be hosting the collection of narratives we are currently acquiring.  We are also negotiating terms with a number of other libraries around the world who have expressed interest in co-hosting the collection.  The entire collection will also be available online through our upcoming web portal.

Bangalnama in Calcutta

We recently joined efforts with Bangalnama, a group based in Calcutta, India.  We are working together with volunteers Jhuma Sen, Priyanka Roy and Kasturi Basu in collecting video testimonies on 1947 from the eastern and western Bengali communities.

Naad Pargaas in Amritsar

We are also working with volunteers Satnam Singh and Harkanwalpreet Singh who belong to Naad Pargaas, based in Amritsar, India.  We are joining efforts with Naad Pargaas in collecting stories in the greater Amritsar area.

Sindhi Voices in Ajmer

Natasha and Neena of Sindhi Voices, a project that is working to record oral histories from the displaced Sindhi community in India will be joining forces with us.  We are now working together in collecting testimony from the Sindhi community.

CSAS at Berkeley provides material support

We express immense gratitude to the Center for South Asian Studies UC Berkeley who have been providing material support and recording equipment to volunteers of the 1947 Partition Archive.

Collaboration with UC Berkeley Punjabi class

The 1947 Partition Archive has partnered with the Punjabi classes taught by Prof. Upkar Ubhi at UC Berkeley in collecting video testimonials from elders in the San Francisco bay area.

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If you have memories from 1947, help us immortalize your stories.  

Volunteer:  We are looking for help with conducting interviews, with transcribing the interviews, material support and much more.  See the left column or contact us to learn more.

This newsletter is brought to you by volunteers Kanwalroop Singh and Guneeta Singh Bhalla.

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