Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Partition Stories

Map of Bomon in case you still need.

1. Finish drawing map. It must be easy to read and include names of newly created countries and capital cities.

2. On a separate sheet of paper, answer the following questions in complete sentences.
  • How many states were created?
  • What type (shape) of states were created?
  • Do the newly created countries have equal opportunities for economic advancement? Explain.
  • What cultural factors were most important in your partitioning decision?
  • What physical factors were most important in your partitioning?
  • What will be the greatest obstacles or challenges for the newly created states?

3. Read the following article and leave a comment to this blog post answering the questions below. Be sure to include your name.

For ESL students, read this article:
http://exoticans.blog.co.in/2009/01/31/india-pakistan-partition-pictures-1947/

For Mr. Wright's English students, read this article:
http://www.thepicky.com/popular/the-partition-of-india-impact-and-aftermath/

Questions:
Do you think it was worth it to partition India/Pakistan?
Should leaders have to guarantee a completely peaceful partition before making the decision to partition, or should some violence always expected?

Write your answer as a comment to this blog entry.
*Don't worry if your comment doesn't show up right away. The blog is set up so that I check comments before they are published.


Interesting, but not required reading:
Interesting to see who is proposing the partitioning of Nigeria
Ethnic Groups in Nigeria
Explanation fo current Ethnic Conflict in Nigeria
Hmmm.. a trend? Similar situation in Ivory Coast

10 comments:

  1. 1. Yes, because they do deserve to have their own boundaries. Despite the wars, it should eventually stop because both India and Pakistan are fair due to that they are now in their own countries.

    2. I think that some violence should always be expected. However, it will not be as severe compared to when the countries were not partitioned. However, if they were, then they would have their own areas and protection which also means less violence.

    Pamela Temple

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  2. Jun Kim

    Do you think it was worth it to partition India/Pakistan?
    - Yes. I think it was worth it to partition India and Pakistan.

    Should leaders have to guarantee a completely peaceful partition before making the decision to partition, or should some violence always expected?
    - No. I do not think that it is necessary for the leaders to guarantee a completely peaceful partition before making the decision to partition. I also think that violence is not always expected. There may be some partition that may not be violent. However I believe that the leaders should be able to know of, or be ready for the violence depending on the situation.

    * The questions were not asking for the reason.. right?

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  3. Francis Miguel CabudolMay 1, 2011 at 3:22 AM

    1.) I think the partitioning between India and Pakistan is not worth it. "Even the imposition of an official boundary has not stopped conflict between them. Boundary issues, left unresolved by the British, have caused two wars and continuing strife between India and Pakistan." Aside from all the deaths, raping and the violence it brought to the people, there is still conflict between the two countries.

    2.) In a partition, people should always expect for violence once it is set. "Un-enforced UN Resolutions to map out boundaries between Israel and Palestine has led to several Arab-Israeli wars and the conflict still continues", it is not only the partition of Pakistan and India that had conflicts, many other places that had partitions, such as the Sudanese partition and the Arab-Israeli partition had violence. "The break-up of Britain’s Indian empire involved the movement of some 12 million people, uprooted, ordered out, or fleeing their homes and seeking safety. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed, thousands of children disappeared, thousands of women were raped or abducted, forced conversions were commonplace". There are people all over the world, and wherever you decide to take partition, there would always be huge amounts of people that are going to be concerned of the situation, for example, the partition of India and Pakistan concerned at least 12 million people. With all the pressure and force found in partitions, there will surely be violence.

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  4. I believe partitioning India/Pakistan was not worth it. The decisions to partition the country were based on the religious traditions and differences of the people and fear of threat from the Muslims. While I was reading the article, I was questioning why the government wouldn't consider the way the people coexisted peacefully in the present. If it was such a threat, there should have been a conflict already. Ironically, the struggles happened during the partitioning.

    Leaders must always expect the inevitabilities of their decisions, like violence. Peace cannot easily be grasped. There must always be some sort of battle, some conflict to obtain that peace that the government is trying to establish.

    -Doenemi ^_^

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  5. No. Leaders should assure a peaceful partiotion. As you see the example of partition between India and Pakistan, there are so many victims of riot. Before making decision to partition, Leaders have to guarantee a peaceful partition

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  6. Questions:
    Do you think it was worth it to partition India/Pakistan?
    Should leaders have to guarantee a completely peaceful partition before making the decision to partition, or should some violence always expected?

    For my point of view, partition in Indian peninsular is worth it. If the partition did not happen, such a tragedy in Sudan or many other nations in Africa may have happened in India. If such happens, the result of the incident would have be the most tragic event in the world's history. Lastly, for my point of view, when a partition of the nation happens, violence is expected after the partitioning of the nation. Partitioning of nation will happen due to expected or on-going tragedy of different ethnic groups. Also, ethnic groups usually share a boundary, causing division of ethnic groups to be never precise. Partitioning will possibly create a ethnic minority, which later might also cause such a violence to oppress the ethnic minority. Consequently, partitioning may never be a peaceful solution, without a violence introduced.

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  7. I don’t think it’s worth it to partition India/Pakistan since many people were brutally hurt and were forced to migrate. First of all, killing and physically violating people also violate human rights. It’s already a given that it’s against the law. The same thing goes to force migration. Migration comes with a set of rules, and forcing people to migrate is not one of them.


    Violence should always be expected because not all people, and majority of the people, are not for the partition. Also, the fact that the number of the population is high, many violent reactions need to be expected by the forcing of migration.

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  8. I think it is worth it to partition India and Pakistan because there will lesser wars in the future between them. Because of political and religious differences from the very beginning, there was misunderstanding on both sides. If they were not partitioned, there may be more civil wars and more killings.
    I think British should have partitioned India and Pakistan peacefully before leaving India in order to lessen the violence between India and Pakistan. I think even though British partitioned India and Pakistan before they are leaving India, there still be some violence because there are no people watching over them or warning them and there is no land form that could separate them.

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  9. Do you think it was worth it to partition India/Pakistan?
    Should leaders have to guarantee a completely peaceful partition before making the decision to partition, or should some violence always expected?

    I agree with the idea of partition between India and Pakistan. Even though they were in a from of one country they had different religion and culture which would still make a conflict between two of them.
    I think it is impossible to have a peaceful partition especially if two countries have a deep hate inside their mind. Also both of the countries want to provide a better place for living which causes the conflict so I think in partition there are always violent following it.

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