Why did Mountbatten suddenly declare that the Partition of India would take place with inexplicable haste on August 15, 1947, almost a year ahead of schedule?
Colonel Anil Athale (retd) explains the likely reasons for the British decision to hastily grant India independence.
Tryst With Destiny
Another poignant memory connected with Jalandhar- Nakodar Railway line is the violent times of 1947 when India was divided along communal lines . At that time Garha was an important village of Jalandhar,with equal number of Majority and the now Minority communities. But for no fault of theirs, some people were forced to leave for Pakistan. During those shameful times of violence and insanity, a train would come on the Nakodar Line near " Ganda Nullah Railway Phatak" ( the now decommissioned Garha Disposal )Railway Crossing to take migrants to the newly created Pakistan . At that time, the now posh colony of Urban Estate Phase One, was agriculture fields sandwiched between Village Garha and Nakodar Railway Line. Hapless people would dart out, without any Govt protection, from Garha carrying their valuables. Their goal was to reach safety of the standing train. Mobsters and looters would lie in ambush . The mute agricultural fields were witness to the deadly game of senseless loot and killing and the supreme tragedy associated with India's independence.
While flamboyant speeches were being made by some in cozy and safe environmements, Mahatma Gandhi chose to be in Noakhali ( Bengal ) , without any Security , trying to quell violent communal violence.
Let us pay Homage to Lakhs of innocent Victims of Partition ( on both sides ) - People who were devastated for no fault of theirs