The Cost of Indian Independence

I left India more convinced than ever before that non-violent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom. It was a marvelous thing to see the amazing results of a non-violent campaign. The aftermath of hatred and bitterness that usually follows a violent campaign was found nowhere in India. Today a mutual friendship based on complete equality exists between the Indian and British people within the commonwealth.

These were the words of American activist, Martin Luther King, when he visited India around 1956. It is sad that he found the campaign for Indian independence to be non-violent. No one told him perhaps, that a million people died due to the partition. If that event was not known being a current affair back then, I wonder how many people in the world are aware of it.

The newly formed governments were completely unequipped to deal with migrations of such staggering magnitude, and massive violence and slaughter occurred on both sides of the border. Estimates of the number of deaths range around roughly 500,000, with low estimates at 200,000 and high estimates at 1,000,000.[9]
Source – wikipedia

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