Indian Partition

  ‘Woman & Husband Reunited After 10 Months at a Women’s Camp - Lahore’  Photo by Henri Cartier Bresson

‘Woman & Husband Reunited After 10 Months at a Women’s Camp - Lahore’
Photo by Henri Cartier Bresson

Dear all 

As today is the anniversary of the Indian Partition, I’ve gathered together some creative responses that I have written and been involved in on the subject. I am only a meditation teacher, no expert on any subject, or a politician wanting to have power. My own interest stems from the loss of much of my father’s family to that holocaust, and my own practice of wanting to understand, explore, and share any insights and truth I may find in the barriers we put between ourselves and our humanity. How we might move beyond them into our wholeness. My father always refused to believe in the false blue line of the border, seeing it as a madness of division, my mother from Northern Ireland - another divided county, was very similar in her outlook. I am very pleased the fruit has fallen close to the tree, and all of my written and sacred work is centred in removing the delusion of separation from the whole that holds us back so badly as a species.

I hope these are some use to you:

Last year I was asked to write an essay for BBC Radio 3 which opened their 70 years of Partition season ‘The Culture of Partition’

A few years previously I was commissioned by the brilliant Ellah Alfrey who was then at GRANTA Magazine to write ‘Six Snapshots of Partition’

The opening of which inspired film-maker Mara Ahmed to make the documentary ‘A Thin Wall’ which is now on Amazon Streaming