Hardeep S. Puri, Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs and Petroleum and Natural Gas, has honored 75 Great personalities.
On Independence Day 2023, conscientious citizens should remember freedom fighters as well as all these 75 personalities who faced the tragedy of partition.
Notably, at the Partition Horrors Remembrance Day organized by the Ministry of Culture, in New Delhi on the eve of Independence Day, they were honoured.
Puri stated that the day will ensure that future generations never forget the pain and suffering of the countless people that were displaced and the millions that lost their lives due to the communal tensions (hate and violence) that occurred during that time.
Honoring the lives lost during the tragic partition and the unimaginable suffering of displacement, the Minister stated that wrong policies of those in charge led to the partition of India. He further said that my parents were victims of the ravages of this greatest human tragedy. Born in 1952, I grew up listening to how my father miraculously escaped the carnage & boarded the last Frontier Mail from Lahore. My parents and several other members of the family had to begin their lives from scratch.
Shri Hardeep S. Puri later inaugurated an Exhibition on Horrors of Partition on this occasion with Sh. Rakesh Sinha, Member of Parliament and addressed the 1947 Partition Survivors. The event was jointly organized by the Partition Museum, IGNCA, and Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi remembered victims whose lives were lost in the partition of the country, as the nation observes 'Vibhajan Vibhishika Smriti Diwas' today. Shri Modi paid tributes to them and recalled the struggles of those who were uprooted from their homes. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said;
“विभाजन विभीषिका स्मृति दिवस उन भारतवासियों कोश्रद्धापूर्वक स्मरण करने का अवसर है, जिनका जीवन देश केबंटवारे की बलि चढ़ गया। इसके साथ ही यह दिन उन लोगों केकष्ट और संघर्ष की भी याद दिलाता है, जिन्हें विस्थापन का दंशझेलने को मजबूर होना पड़ा। ऐसे सभी लोगों को मेरा शत-शतनमन।”