Campaign to teach Partition in British schools launched in Westminster yesterday
by Barfi Culture Team
19th July 2018
Credit: Kirat Raj Singh / Binita Kane
A potentially historic event took place at the House of Commons in Westminster, London, last night.

A campaign for the UK to have a formal Partition Commemoration day, and for this history to be taught in schools, was launched yesterday.

Spear-headed by Manchester-based lung doctor Binita Kane, it had support from MPs Virendra Sharma, Tan Dhesi, Afzal Khan, Mike Kane and others.

The event also featured speakers including BBC presenters Anita Rani, who presented the BBC series on Partition history last year, and Babita Sharma.

Binita Kane wrote earlier: "Many second generation British Asians have no idea what their parents and grandparents went through or why their families settled in Britain. Many white Caucasian Brits don’t understand the history of the Empire and it’s role in modern day multicultural Britain."

"I went through the British schooling system and learnt nothing on this topic and quite frankly, I don’t want the same for my children. History lessons should teach the good, the bad and the ugly and offer the chance to learn from the past."

She is calling for August 17th to be made a formal Partition Commemoration Day and hopes to create a legacy project around this after the event.

After the event, Anita Rani wrote: "This is not just South Asian history, this is Global history but crucially this is BRITISH history. British kids with Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi heritage need to understand their shared history and how we are culturally bonded before we were religiously divided."

"It’s time to talk and learn about the true legacy of Empire warts n’ all. It’s time everyone was more informed about why so many people from Commonwealth nations moved here and how our stories, because of Britain’s imperial past, are inextricably linked. The conversation has begun but we’ll need your support to make it happen."

The event attracted people, campaigners and organisations from across the UK.

Barfi Culture will report more on this important campaign as it continues.

Where does it go from here?

Binita Kane told Barfi Culture: "Next step is a period of reflection and idea gathering. I have >150 people from very diverse backgrounds involved in the conversation so far. Interested in hearing thoughts/ideas of how to take it forward. Then key step will be to form a leadership group and get some infrastructure including project management and admin support to take this forward. Funding is essential so I’ll be trying hard to secure some!"

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