For families living in the same place for generations, the Partition of 1947 was a difficult time as they had to leave behind centuries-worth of family history and properties.
In this video, Jayanta Roy Chaudhary recalls how his paternal grandfather was reluctant to leave his ancestral home in the village of Ulpur in the Faridpur District in East Bengal (now Bangladesh), and migrate to Kolkata in late 1947. On 15th August when India gained independence, in the euphoria of independence, his grandfather unfurled the Indian flag at a local school. Months later, the police arrived at his doorstep and advised him to leave the country, in the fear that he would be harmed. The whole family had to leave within 24 hours, packing the bare minimum, and travel by boats to Kolkata, where they stayed at the refugee camps before shifting to a rented apartment. Leaving 500 years of family memories and ancestral property in Ulpur, the family had to flee and rebuild everything from the start.
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