ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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The Last Journey

The very first theme inaugurating any personal narrative of Partition is that of "last journey" that migrants undertook to escape fatal violence. The theme is situated in those critical moments of turbulences and upheavals within families, neighbourhoods and the political leadership that made individuals leave their homes. This article focuses on the "differing" means and modes of transport used by the Hindu and Sikh migrants from West Punjab (now Pakistan) to East Punjab during the Partition displacement. A variety of transport modes were used like foot columns, bullock carts, trucks, private cars, trains and aircraft -of which the fastest and the safest means were seldom available to underprivileged sections. These differing modes are a pointer to the divergent class experiences of Partition displacement, and the way collective memories of cataclysmic events are formed and popularly remembered.

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