A tale of two migrations


Gurdaspur district of Punjab is at the border with Pakistan and has been witness to multiple periods of instability starting with the partition of the country in 1947 and most recently as a new and emerging theatre for the unholy cocktail of drugs and Pakistan sponsored terrorism.

Whenever I travel by road through the Punjab countryside, I’m left in awe of the sprawling agricultural fields – lush green carpets of crops extending into the horizon in a blue-green blissful fusion. But this time was slightly different. I was travelling to Dera Baba Nanak – a sleepy border town on the banks of river Ravi in Gurdaspur district where my paternal family originally belonged.

Gurdaspur was one of the contentious districts and its fate was not known at the time of partition. While nearly 51% of the population was Muslim, eventually 3 of the tehsils were given to India with only…

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About Raghu Mahajan

Postdoctoral research fellow in theoretical physics, studying quantum gravity.
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