A day before 75th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced that August 14 will be observed as 'Partition Horrors Remembrance Day' in memory of those who had lost their lives due to "mindless hate and violence".
The Prime Minister's announcement comes a day before India observes its 75th Independence Day.
"Partition's pains can never be forgotten. Millions of our sisters and brothers were displaced and many lost their lives due to mindless hate and violence. In memory of the struggles and sacrifices of our people, August 14 will be observed as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day," the Prime Minister said.
"May the #PartitionHorrorsRemembranceDay keep reminding us of the need to remove the poison of social divisions, disharmony and further strengthen the spirit of oneness, social harmony, and human empowerment," PM Modi said in a subsequent tweet.
India will be celebrating the 75th Independence Day.
It may be recalled that under a plan released by India's last viceroy Lord Mountbatten on freedom from the British on June 3, 1947, it was announced that India would be splitting into two nations.
It was known as the Mountbatten Plan that announced the principles of partition. It gave autonomy and sovereignty to both India and Pakistan. It also gave them the right to form their own constitution.