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Campaign to teach Partition in British schools | Barfi Culture

20 July 2018

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Campaign to teach Partition in British schools launched in Westminster yesterday
By: Barfi Culture Team
Published: 19th July 2018

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. [. . .]

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