Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ruqayya Jafri

Partition - one woman tells her story of not one but two political partitions that have still left an indelible imprint upon her heart.

The first partition occurred in 1947 when India was partitioned to create Pakistan. The second occurred in 1971 with the creation of Bangladesh.

"Between the two events, she progressed from a student leader to a member of Pakistan's national parliament, where she was instrumental in organising opposition to General Ayub Khan, Pakistan's first military ruler in the 1960s.

But she feels her career as a high achiever has done little to ameliorate her own plight as the forgotten matriarch of a divided house. "

Read the her story at BBC News.

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