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15 unseen and rare pictures from India-Pakistan partition that will haunt you

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India Pakistan partition will always be marked as one of the darkest events in world history. The day when India attained freedom from the British Raj in August 1947, was also the day India and Pakistan unexpectedly paid heavy price for their independence. Under the guidance of freedom movement leaders, British India was divided into two independent countries namely, India and Pakistan. While many Indians celebrated to the occasion of freedom, several others suffered the wrath of one of the worst tragedies of the world – India-Pakistan partition.

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Thousands of people were left homeless between the bloodbath of the religious communities and slaughter of the mankind. The horrific magnitude of sufferings is definitely unimaginable. Millions of women were raped, enslaved and murdered.

Take a look at some of the rare and unseen pictures that perfectly depicts people during that fateful year of India-Pakistan partition.

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The father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi meets Muslim refugees who have gathered at a camp in New Delhi. These individuals belonging to the minority group were proceeding to the newly formed nation, Pakistan.
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A Muslim couple, along with their grandchildren, lies on the roadside after being exhausted by the travel. Hundreds walked past them, but none of the refugees attended to the plight of this family.
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Another important event of the partition was the riot which occurred in Calcutta (Kolkata), also known as the ‘Calcutta Mass Killings’. Many were killed and vultures fed themselves on the corpses of the deceased.
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Men women and children toiled their way to Pakistan
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Muslim refugees crowd onto a train bound for Pakistan as it leaves the New Delhi area in India on Sept, 27, 1947.
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Religious rioting leaves a shopping district in shambles in Lahore in August 1947. Lahore, part of divided Punjab, ended up on the Pakistani side of the new border. Punjab saw some of the bloodiest violence of Partition.
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Thousands of people were left homeless between the bloodbath of the religious communities and slaughter of the mankind.
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The largest mass migration in modern human history
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This is how families managed to survive the wrath of those difficult days.
A bottle of re-hydration solution helped an ill refugee overcome her poor state of health.
Those who were tired of walking had to be carried on the shoulders by the stronger members of the family.
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During the partition water shortage was national issue. People had to stand in queues for hours to quench their thirst.
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An infant who became a victim of the horrendous set of events in 1947.
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Many miscreants used this turbulent political situation to the best of their advantage and created chaos across the cities, which included setting vehicles ablaze and ransacking shops.
The destruction which left millions homeless.
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