Amrik Singh Kalra, born in 1934, grew up in Khanpur, district Sheikhupura. He shares, “We used to celebrate all communities’ festivals together. We never knew the difference between them.” Around the time of Partition, young Mr. Kalra was out on the terrace when he saw villages in flames in the distance. He says, “There was poisonous air. It was hard to breathe. I don’t know what happened...We had lived together for years." The Kalras migrated via an army truck in September 1947, settling in Panipat.
Mr. Kalra says, “My father [who had stayed behind after the family] migrated with a group led by one man. When this man’s wife gave birth, he decided that the infant would slow the group down, so it was left behind. This was just the one of many things my father witnessed which he could not forget.”