Childhood Friends Separated By India-Pakistan Partition Reunite

Written by on March 13, 2024

The Indo-Pak Partition in 1947 continues to haunt people on both sides of the border. Millions of people were killed and displaced and many were separated from their friends and families forever. Recently, two childhood best friends who were separated by Partition met after several years in the US and a video of their heartfelt reunion has gone viral.

Megan Kothari, 32, documented the experience of reuniting her grandfather Suresh Kothari with his childhood best friend, AG Shakir. The meeting took place in the US in October 2023. Notably, the two grew up together in Deesa, Gujarat, and were separated in 1947, when they were around 12 years old.

”When his friend reached Pakistan in 1947, he wrote to my grandfather that he had reached and shared his address in Rawalpindi (which to this day my grandfather has memorized). They tried to write to each other over the years, but the tensions between the two countries eventually made it impossible,” Ms Kothari wrote in a video shared on Instagram by Brown History. The two men had no contact from 1947 to 1981, however, they met in 1982 through a mutual friend in New York.

Source: NDTV

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