July 27, 2017

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  1. dear awtar singh
    i am conducting research on Lyallpur on violence,migration and rehabilitation. so if you mail me details of these incidents.

    • I live in the United States and grew up listening stories of the clock tower in Lyallpur living in Delhi. I learned that Lyallpur was 87 miles from Lahore and the common man traveled in horse carriages. My Bhuaji (dad’s sister ) now 91 years old living in Toronto used to live in Quetta. She would board Frontier Express ( name changed to Golden Temple mail in 2004 with Amritsar as the last stop) from Lahore for return from her parents house in Lyallpur to Queta, her home after marriage. My Father now 84 years old traveled to Mata Vaishow Devi for the first time in 1943. That was the furthest he got into the indipendent India’s side. The stories of past we’re rarely shared and I admire that many refugees looked up to the future. I moved to the United States, uprooted myself from the life in New Delhi. The difference is that my migration was the choice, whereas the previous had to uproot themselves without a choice. Unfortunately there is no museum or some display of memories that the future generation could remember. I regret that an ancient civilization was redrawn on the lines of two religions.

    • Sir, my father was born in sangla hill dist shekhupura in Pakistan my grandpa was goldsmith there my father used to go to layallpur to purchase gold from there

  2. I lived in Lyallpur from 1971 to 1977. The ghosts of the Hindu and Sikh families are everywhere. Library books bearing names of long exiled sons to the ‘OM’signs on homes with new occupants.
    Some Muslims I spoke to were reduced to tears as they spoke of Hindu and Sikhs they left in India never to see again.
    Partition was a tragedy and a parting kiss from the British who wanted to make a mess of the country before they left.

  3. Sir,
    I have the  read the article and found it is very touching and impressive
    My name is Rajesh Seth, residing at Jalandhar.

    My father was born and brought up at  Lyallpur. His name Sh Prithvi Nath Seth, my taya ji Sh Raghu Nath Seth, chacha ji Sh Som Nath Seth all born at Lyallpur.  My father was a student of Government College, Lyallpur at the time of partition.

    My dadaji Sh Bhawani Dass and his brothers Sh Nanak Chand, Sh Sita Ram had  joint jewellery business. The name of the shop was ” Nanak Chand Dhanpat Mal Saraf” , in Rail Bazar. They resided at Mandir wali Gali.  One of my dadaji’s brother Sh Sunder Das was an officer in the railway. 

    • I lived in Lyallpur 1942 to 1947 – studied in Khalsa High School up to 3rd class. My teachers were Nather Shah Singh & Arjun Shas Singh. My Father S. Lachhman Singh was working in the Irrigation Department. Four Months before partition, we moved to Lahore, and lived in Janak Nagar (Multan Road).

  4. Dear Rajesh ji,
    My Dadi was daughter of Shri Nanak Chand Saraf of Lyallpur. Her name was Smt Vishwavati Kapoor. Her brothers Shri Kedar Nath, Shri Badri Nath and Shri Amar Nath. Good to see a large family tree. Let’s unite.

  5. I am a writer…wish to write on situation of villages like chitti 90 and 93 in dist Lyallpur or nearby….i shall be highly obliged if any information about that area is referred or provided to me.
    I will mention in the acknowledgement if permitted…

    • Aslaam o aliqum
      sir,
      My name is Mateen Ullah Khan. I am from Faisalabad village 84 GB foajpur.My friend from 93 Chitti.its the village situated Faisalabad to Lahore Road.Main road stop is 61 chak.
      Mateenullah1@gmail.com

      • Dear my name is Salman and I’m working in textile organization mary colleagues in villages say stay han 93 and 90 chiti these villages near gujjar sing village

    • Rajesh my name is salman I also lived in layallpur now Faisalabad app nay tu dil khus ker dia rail bazar ka naam lay ker ajj b yahan jewellery ka bazar ha aur ma roz is I bazar say guzarta hun an yahan property booooht costly ho chuki ha mandir wali gali air rail bazar ma

    • I’m from Faisalabad mera college 93 chiti say ata ha ma aik textile organization ma job kerta hun near 93 chiti village

  6. japsimran singh. : S jawahar singh S piar singh were well known merchants of then Lyallpur as corroborated by my grandfather .

  7. I have vague memories of chak 238 near then lyallpur as told by our father. can any one confirm.
    my grand father was S Mehtab singh dua and father Dr Gursaran singh.

  8. my father munshi ram popli s/o sh.ram chander popli s/o sh. chhatta ram popli was 3 year old in 1947 and migrated to india from village sarwarwali ,tehsil jarawalan, distt.lyallpur

  9. Similarly, during riots in Indian Punjab, Muslim men were unpitifully killed and women were tortured and raped by Sikhs and Hindu mobs. They didn’t even spare little kids and played Holi with their blood. Muslim women who were kidnapped by Sikhs were forcefully converted into Sikhnis. There are so many such tragic incidents occurred in Punjab and Bengal especially.

  10. We are from village kalas near mukerian dist hoshiarpur.
    Same story same rout from hoshiarpur to lyallpur.
    May be some more disperation

  11. Though I do not come from Layallpur, our story of migration to India is very much the same as referred to in the article. I was nine year old at the time of Partition and was a member of a large family with my parents, eight brothers and sisters and one sister in law – the wife of my eldest brother. We belonged to village Channomom in District and Tehsil Sialkot. My father and eldest brother were running a cloth shop in Sialkote city. Our village was just at distance about 3 miles from the city. As such they were daily going and coming back from the city. My elder brothers were also going to a city school but I was studying in a govt. primary school in our village. Our father along with one of his friend rented a room in Udhampur Kashmir and we shifted there for a period of just one month with an intention to go back to our home after the position stabilized. But as we reached Udhampur on perhaps 9th August, news about the mass scale killings started reaching us. Our uncle’s ( taaya ji) family comprising of uncle and aunt, his two sons and their wives were killed (with three unmarried girls spared by a God-oriented Mohammden and were later got evacuated by us with the military help. Our maternal uncle’s son – a leading advocate of Gujranwala was murdered at Rly staion, Our Bua Ji’s both the sons were killed in Sialkot and many more such killings as known and related families came to light. We became refugees and settled in Delhi. Though born at the sixth place in my family now i am the eldest running in 79th year, with all the elders having left this mortal world.
    Jagjit Singh s/0 S. Amar Singh and younger brother of S. Gurdial Singh residing at 372, Guru Harkrishan Nagar, new Delhi 87 harjagjeet@yahoo.co.in

  12. My comments are given as above. But I may mention that I email address which was auto generated has ceased to function as I have forgotten my pass word. My new e mail address is given below which is very much operational. singhharjagjeet@yahoo.co.in
    JAGJIT SINGH

  13. Awtar Singh ji, do you by any chance know Sardar Tirath Singh Madan who was the Chief Engineer for the Bhakra Dam. My grandmother Gian Kaur also hailed from Kharbanda family of Lyallpur.

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