India News | Silent procession, photo exhibition marking the day of remembrance of the horrors of partition: Ministry of Culture
New Delhi, Aug 14 (PTI) A silent procession led by Union Minister G Kishan Reddy through the heart of the city and an exhibition of archival photographs capturing the pains and tragedy of partition were organized on Sunday by the Ministry of Culture, officials said. .
The procession took place inside the central park nestled in the center of the Connaught Place area to mark the day of remembrance of the horrors of partition.
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“A two-minute silence was observed in tribute to the victims who died or suffered in the tragedy of partition, before the procession began in the park. Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy, the MoS Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw and others joined the procession MoS Culture Meenakshi Lekhi also joined the event later,” a senior official said.
The procession took place around the inner periphery of the sprawling park.
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Originally, the route was to culminate the procession at the National War Memorial, but it was later changed due to a contingency, officials said.
Attendees held signs reading “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day August 14” with a message that this tragedy, and the pain and suffering of thousands, must be remembered.
Reddy then tweeted about the event: “Participated in the silent march held on the occasion of #PartitionHorrorsRemembrance Day today at Central Park in New Delhi. Ministerial colleagues Shri @AshwiniVaishnaw ji, Shri @arjunrammeghwal, Shri @KailashBaytu ji and others joined.”
Earlier today, he shared on Twitter a video clip of footage from the time of the partition, one of the greatest human tragedies in history, in which large numbers of people were uprooted and displaced as British India was divided into two separate parts. Dominions — India and Pakistan, preceded by large-scale violence.
He shared the video with a caption: “The remnants of India’s partition are grim memories of the atrocities committed against our people by individuals with vested interests. Click the link below to read the stories of those who experienced the horrors of #PartitionHorrorsRemembranceDay.
Meghwal tweeted in Hindi that the pains inherited from the score always make our hair stand on end, and described it as a “score of our emotions not a score of the earth”.
Later, Reddy visited the National Gallery of Modern Art where the Ministry of Culture organized a thematic exhibition on the score which opened on Sunday.
Rare archival footage capturing the pains of Partition were used in the exhibition.
Earlier in the day, the ministry tweeted that the Lok Sabha President Om Birla and the Minister of State for Culture visited the exhibition on the score organized by the Indira Gandhi National Arts Center (IGNCA) in the Parliament premises.
On Sunday, Reddy also hoisted the national flag at his official residence as part of the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign.
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