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Author to discuss the 1947 partition of South Asia

April 6, 2018 GMT

The 1947 partition of South Asia marks a pivotal moment in world history and for thousands of Punjabi-Americans in Yuba-Sutter, who can trace their lineage to the West Punjab region, what is now Pakistan. That history has a direct connection to how their lives were shaped.

Author Amardeep Singh will discuss topics related to the 1947 partition of India in his most recent book, “The Quest Continues: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan” at a seminar presented by the Punjabi American Heritage Society on Saturday.

“Partition was one of the largest man-made tragedies of the last century, other than two world wars,” said Jasbir Kang, who helped organize the seminar. “Our family lost many members to the violence caused by partition. There are many lessons for humanity to learn from dividing human beings based on faith.”

Kang said the legacy of partition is relevant today because much of the political turmoil between the nations of India and Pakistan can be traced to the partition. Also, the mass migration of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims not only changed the landscape of Asia, but of multiple regions across the globe.

Singh, who lives in Singapore, will discuss the Sikh legacy in Pakistan and the socio-cultural impact of the partition. A question and answer session will immediately follow the seminar portion of the event, according to Kang.

According to Singh’s brief biography, his parents moved to Uttar Pradesh in India during the partition. Singh pursued electronics engineering in India before earning a Master’s degree in business administration at the University of Chicago. He held a major international position with American Express and is the author of two books.