Partition, which tore apart a “plural, diverse and tolerant society” is still a very disturbing and baffling part of Punjab history (“Partition: an unfinished oral story,” Feb. 25). I am sure this would also be the case for Bengalis. The history provided to us explains the horrifying sequence of events but the trauma and the circumstances which led to bloodshed are vague. In his book, The Punjab, Ishtiaq Ahmed deplores the fact that most Sikh-Muslim riots were planned. It is this heinous planning and scheming which eventually led to the present-day rigid and intolerant India and Pakistan.

Supanpreet K. Ramana,

Bathinda, Punjab

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