Friday, November 6, 2015

Jammu 1947: gone but not forgotten

The 1947 massacre of the Muslims of Jammu city, its neighbouring areas and the farther reaches of the province, remains one of the most poorly documented of the human tragedies with which the subcontinent’s major religious communities greeted independence. With the passing of years, the memory of those who were killed has all but faded.
Every year, the Muslims of Jammu who remain or those of their children who still care, mark the anniversary of the great Jammu killings. But these sombre gatherings have diminished with time. In another ten or twenty years, no one will remember the Muslims of Jammu who were killed because they were helpless before an organised force made up of the RSS, the Maharaja’s own forces and “help” from Punjab’s Sikh States.