Friday, June 28, 2019

Sample Pictures from Partition Documentation Museum, New York

Sample Pictures  from Partition Documentation Museum, New York

ISPaD: Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project
New York

Bricks -- discarded on site -- from ancient 2nd Millennia Buddhist Vihar in Comilla, Bangladesh;  1st Millennia Buddhist Vihar, Taxila, Pakistan; destroyed Hindu temples (1990s) in Bangladesh

The one item carried by a young Mr. Nirnal Guha Thakuarta, a native of Barisal, East Pakistan now Bangladesh, as he fled on foot and ferry to West Bengal after Partition.
(He became a music director in India.)
Courtesy: Mr. Guha Thakurta

Soils of villages of Lakhsmankathi in Barisal district, Mahilara in Barisal district, and Ulpur in Goplaganj (formerly Faridpur) district, all of East Pakistan, now Bangladesh brought by indigenous Hindus who fled to India.

Hand written notes of  family tree of pre-1947 partition Hindu family of East Bengal, later refugee in India

A hand written, fragile, multi-page note of refugee family history, perhaps hundreds of years old, given by a Hindu-Bengali refugee to ISPaD Partition Museum

Lokkhir Jhapi (Lord Lakshmi's Basket), a symbol of Goddess of Prosperity, carried by new brides when first entering groom's home. It assumes that new brides bring prosperity to groom's family. This basket was handed down from mother to daughter for many generations in a Hindu family in east Bengal, now Bangladesh. This was one of the few items that a Bengali Hindu refugee family was able to bring to their new home in India (from Pakistan.)

Letter dated 17th September 1920 sent to Sreemati Nihar Ghosh, Student, Donovan Girls' High School, Madaripur, Bengal (now in Bangladesh) by the Governor's Office in British India for standing first in provincial exam. Ghosh became refugee from her ancestral home after 1947 Partition.
The letter writes: 
Dear Madam: His Excellency is very glad to hear your success. Yours faithfully.....
Courtesy: Dr. Sankar Ghosh Dastidar

A traditional hookah carried from his village by a refugee.

A Treasure Chest (c) 1800s of a Hindu Refugee family from East Bengal/Bangladesh. One of the few items the family was able to bring to India.

Treasure Chest

Treasure Chest

Ghosh Bongsher Karika (Ghosh Family Chart) : This is a chart of almost 40 generations of Hindu Ghoshes of East Bengal, now Bangladesh. The chart goes back to many centuries - almost to First Millennium - before any of their neighbors took to Islam. Yet the 1947 partition drove almost all of them to India.

Banglar BrahmanKayastha O GhoshDastidar Bangsha (Bengal's Bramin-Kayastha and Ghosh Dastidar Family) by SriDskshinaRanjan GhoshDastidar, printed by SriSudhanghuRanjan Sengupta, Truth Press, 3 Nandan Road, Bhabanipur; Baisakh 1351 (April-May 1945). Price only 2 takas. 

Sample page of 30 generational of history of Basu-Roy-Choudhury Family of Ulpur, Bangladesh. All most all the families became homeless refugee in India after India/Bengal Partition in 1947
Courtesy: Mrs. Pratima Roy Choudhury

Sample page of 30 generational of history of Basu-Roy-Choudhury Family of Ulpur, Bangladesh. All most all the families became homeless refugee in India after India/Bengal Partition in 1947

Book on Basu-Roy-Choudhury Family
Parichoy: Ulpur Basu-Roy-Chowdhury-r Bangsa Parochoy, authored by SriSatindraNath Roychoudhury, published on 30 Baisakh 1344 (April-May 1938)
Courtesy: Ulpur Association of Kolkata, India

Family Chart of Sen Family of Krittipasha, Barisal
but mostly live in India now, after partition.

A sample page of Bhattacharya family chart. Bhattacharyas are indigenous to Brahmanbaria, eastern Bangladesh. For tens of generations Bhattacharyas lived in Brahmanbaria but fled to vivisected Hindu-majority India after 1947 partition.
Courtesy: Mr. Jahar Bhattacharya

Khonar Bachan (Words of Lady Khona - a Hindu sage) written by SriDebendraNath Mitra, published by Unnayan Bibhag (Development Department), Government of Bengal (in British India; First Edition, Chaitra of 1352 BS; March-April 1946.)  Introduction was written by S. M. Ishaq, Development Commissioner, Bengal. Words of Khona has influenced immensely the life of rural India, from planting of crops to home design to treatment of animals, plants and family members. (The book was priced 2 taka and 8 annas.)

Pre and Post-independence 
Indian stamps

Bangladesh stamps issued by the Government-in-Exile during Bangladesh Liberation War, 1971

Bangladesh stamps issued in honor of American Bicentennial  in 1976. 
(U.S. government opposed Bangladesh Liberation, supported the genocidal army of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and recognized Bangladesh many years after 1971. There was popular support for Liberation from the public though.)

A 1939 Property Deed of United Colonized British India.

The War of Independence 1857 conference - August of 2007 - poster of Peshawar University, Pakistan .


A Poster Reminding Atrocities of 1971.  
It says:
Pakistan Terrorizing Force's Destruction of the Historic Ramna Kali Mandir (Temple) and Anadamoyee Ashram. Bangladesh
It Hasn't Been Rebuilt even after 26 Years (1997)
Ramna Kali Bari temple is one of the oldest Kali mandirs (temples) anywhere.

First Diwali Stamp of U.S.A.

Painting of a Calcutta Street Scene, 1700s, from Victoria Memorial Museum, Kolkata (Calcutta)

First Day Cover, free India honoring 
Sri Aurobindo,  15-8-1964 (top)
Raja Ram Mohun Roy, 27-9-1964 (bottom)

First Day Cover, India, in Honor of Mahatma Gandhi, October 2, 1969

Rename London Tower in Kolkata to Kolkata Memorial Tower of London-Created Bengal Famine

Rename London Tower in Kolkata to Kolkata Memorial Tower of London-Created Bengal Famine

Concerned Kolkata Lovers

The Honorable Srimati Mamata Banerjee,
Chief Minister of PaschimBanga (West Bengal State), 
Nabanna, Shibpur, West Bengal, India
E-mail  :

Dear Honorable Chief Minister:  
We understand that Government of West Bengal has built a structure – London Tower – in Kolkata (Calcutta).
We are perplexed by this London symbol of that city which has oppressed India, and especially Kolkata, Bengalis and eastern Indians, for two centuries. From Vidyasagar to Vivekananda, from Bankim to Bipin, from Shyama Prasad to Subhas Bose, from Abul Kalam to Aruna Asaf Ali, and from Gandhi to GirindtaNath all resisted colonial oppression and their symbolism. London-created Hindu-Muslim partition of Bengal has cost millions of Bengali/Indian lives and displaced tens of millions from their homes. Hundreds of people were hanged by London rulers, hundreds of thousands imprisoned and millions more starved to death in the infamous Panchasher Mannantar – otherwise called manushya-krita durvikya or Man-created Bengal Famine of 1943-44 when Bengal had bumper crop yet London rulers starved millions of Bengalis to death for London’s revenge. (Recently after the release of Churchill-based films, maany critics pointed out the hypocrisy of London glorifying Churchill while he starved millions of Bengali-Indians to death.)
For two centuries Bengali/Indian nationalists fought against London’s tyranny for a united India, and we believe, West Bengalis still symbolize that spirit. Thus on behalf of my Indians including Bengali-Indians, Subcontinental and Bengali-American friends we would like to urge your West Bengal Government to rename that colonial symbol as KOLKATA MEMORIAL TOWER OF LONDON-CREATED BENGAL FAMINE OF 1943-44.
Thank you
Concerned Kolkata Lovers
c/o Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project, New York, USA Email:
(This request was sent to the Chief Minister in March 2019 by mail as well as on-line. During the 2019 Indian election Concerned Kolkata Lovers took a break .)
Please sign the petition:
Rename London Tower in Kolkata to Kolkata Memorial Tower of London-Created Bengal Famine
Hard copy to the Chief Minister included a few pictures of British oppression and atrocity. Here are a few of those pictures from Andaman Cellular Prison sent to the Chief Minister:

Monday, June 3, 2019

Books, Journals & Other Publications of S G Dastidar

Books, Journals & Other Publications of 
S G Dastidar

Editor: Partition Center Journal, 2022
Available at 

Bengal's Hindu Holocaust: The Partition of India & Its Aftermath
Garuda Prakashan (Publisher), Delhi, India; 2021