A Seminar on the book “ Humanity Amid Insanity” took place in the Wilson Room of Portcullis House, House of Commons in London was very successful in which MPs, authors and prominent members of the Punjabi Community and University students took part.
It was arranged by the Punjabis In Britain All Party Parliamentary Group. The seminar was addressed by the Chair of A.P.P.G. John McDonnell MP, authors Tridivesh Singh Maini who is Senior writer for Express Group of Newspapers in India, Tahir Malik who is Chief of News at Waqt TV Lahore in Pakistan and Yasmin Khan , a lecturer in politics at Royal Holloway University.
Mr. Singh – Maini said he was grateful to the organisers for arranging the launch of this important book at such a prestigious place. He also stressed that it was very important that the governments of both countries let the Punjabis meet from India and Pakistan more easily. People had to travel very far to get the necessary visas. Mr. Tahir Malik gave many good examples how he was treated on his visit to the Indian Punjab in Jallandar and Ludhiana and stated that Punjabi are very hard at working, fun loving people. Yasmin Khan, lecturer in politics at Royal Holloway University pointed out in her very intersting speech that we cannot blame everything on religion.
Apart from the Chair of the Punjabi s In Britain APPG Some of the MPs present at this event were, John Speller MP who is now a Government whip, Marsh Singh MP, and another MP from the West London area of the Capital.
Some of the students expressed the lack of material available about the positive aspects of the partition.
In summing up John McDonnell said that there is no doubt that acts of violence, rape and cruelty etc took place on both sides some of which were due to the speedy drawing up of the borders by the British rulers when people did not know which country they would end up in but it is also very important to learn the positive aspects of this Indo – Pak partition such as the neighbour helping the neighbour, some to the extent that they adopted other’s young children so that they would not be harmed at all.
We must learn the good points of the partition and pass that on to the generation of today and future generations so that they can strengthen community relations in this country.
This book is a very good starting point. He thanked everyone for taking part and informed the audience in the full Wilson room of the future programmes of the organisation.