Browncast Episode 53: Memories of partition: Amrik Chattha

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On this episode, we talk with Dr Amrik Chattha. Dr Chattha is the author of “Safar: A Child’s Walk To Freedom During the Partition of India“, available on Amazon. He talks about life in a Punjabi village before partition and the horrors that followed partition.

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Omar Ali

I am a physician interested in obesity and insulin resistance, and in particular in the genetics and epigenetics of obesity As a blogger, I am more interested in history, Islam, India, the ideology of Pakistan, and whatever catches my fancy. My opinions can change.

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4 years ago

Very interesting to hear his anecdote about the Muslims who attacked his Sikh village being from another area. I’ve heard the exact same story from Muslims who fled East-Punjab, that it wasn’t their neighbors who attacked them, it was organized gangs from outside.

The Rakhine Buddhists, during the initial ethnic-cleansing against the Rohingya, said something similar. That there were coordinated groups of Bamar-Buddhists who arrived in Rakhine and stoked up violence against the Rohingya.

4 years ago

This is also the case with Kashmiri Pandits. State funded operatives.

4 years ago
Reply to  Sumit

Half-way through, enjoying this podcast a lot. Would be nice to hear the story of someone moving from Indian Punjab to Pakistan as well.

And more recently someone who lived through the Bangladeshi Independence movement.

4 years ago

“Is Ranjit Singh’s statue in Lahore worth celebrating?”


A great podcast that I listened to in full in my usual manner of listening to podcasts when driving alone.

What I love about Dr Chattha’s views (and true of many Sikhs generally) is how positive/upbeat they are about the future! It is a fantastic quality that I envy in others. I think the epigenetics bit at the end was an overkill, but a great conversation.

Amazing to hear about the amount of social engineering the Brits managed in India, and the locals happily acceded to. Speaks volumes of the trust locals had in British fair play!

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