Divided by Partition: United by Resilience: 21 Inspirational Stories from 1947

by Mallika Ahluwalia

  1. ISBN: 978-93-5304-142-7
  2. Pages: 210 pages
  3. Date: 20 August 2018


During the mayhem of the 1947 Partition, lakhs of people lost their homes and livelihoods, while lakhs died. It was a time of catastrophic loss. Despite this, people found the strength to look towards the future and focused on rebuilding their lives and the country they had migrated to. This book captures stories of resilience and sheer grit of people caught in the vortex.

It comprises life stories of twenty-one extraordinary individuals who were deeply affected by the Partition, yet went on to achieve greatness in Independent India. Through their first-hand accounts, they provide a visceral insight into the devastation of families who endured the migration, the camps, and the struggle of rebuilding their lives.

Each of these stories is inspirational in a timeless way, and the book is ultimately about the resilience and triumph of the human spirit over everything else.

Manmohan Singh | L.K. Advani | Madan Lal Khurana | M.S. Kohli | Dharampal Gulati | Faqir Chand Kohli | Manoranjan Byapari | Gulzar | Hamida Habibullah | Kasturi Lal Wadhwa | Krishen Khanna | Kuldip Nayar | Ajeet Cour | Brijmohan Lall Munjal | Govind Nihalani | Anjolie Ela Menon | Milkha Singh | Ram Jethmalani | Satish Gujral | Surinder Singh Gandhi | Ved Marwah


Mallika Ahluwalia is the CEO, curator, and co-founder of the world’s first Partition Museum, which opened at Town Hall, Amritsar in August 2017. The museum has been listed in the ‘Best of India: 18 Places to Visit in 2018’ list by National Geographic Traveller India. She was recently awarded with an Excellence Award by Conde Nast Traveller and an ASEAN-India Youth Achiever Award for her work in honouring this history. Prior to this, Mallika worked in the field of health and education with some of the leading international development organizations, focusing on social policy that impacted the most marginalized households in India. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA/ID from Harvard Kennedy School and an A.B. cum laude from Princeton University in public policy. She lives in New Delhi. Three of her four grandparents were affected by the Partition.

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