During the fifty years after the catalytic events of 1947, scores of books have been written about the, mostly, political events of 1946–47, leading to the independence – and – partition of India.
This is the “other story”, that of an Indian Army officer who was caught up in the vortex of those times and who shouldered unimaginable responsibilities amidst great personal hardship and danger.
Major General Mohinder Singh Chopra was a professional soldier whom fate had chosen to place at two geographic ends of the sub-continent in the later months of 1947. He was, firstly, made responsible for the Referendum of Sylhet District in erstwhile Greater Assam and then, a few months later, to establish and secure the new international frontier between Amritsar and Lahore, twin cities of the Punjab.
Some eight million refugees, both Muslim and non-muslim, moved to or through, the Amritsar District in the savage partition of 1947, whose escort and security was also 123 Brigade’s awesome responsibility… those time… “Indelibly engraved in the memories of those who experienced them…”
Author: Pushpindar Singh Chopra (Ed)
Features: B/w photos and Map, HB, Eng