How this border transformed a subcontinent | India & Pakistan
The story of how a hastily-drawn line divided one people into two.
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The video conferencing session between the two schools was conducted between students of Gyan Mandir Public School (Delhi, India) and Adamjee Model School (Karachi, Pakistan). The session was coordinated by Ms Anju Anand and Ms Devika Mittal from Indian side and Mr Usama Palla and Ms Suraya Islam from Pakistan. We're grateful they let us drop by!
The British tasked Cyril Radcliffe with the job of drawing a line to separate Punjab and Bengal provinces from India into East and West Pakistan. Muslims and Hindus weren’t the only ones being separated from each other. Sikhs and people from other faiths were affected as well.
A Sikh pilgrimage was divided because of the new border, Punjabi people of all faiths were separated from each other, and a culture was ultimately divided.
This Vox Borders episode looks at how the Radcliffe line changed Punjab and how communities are affected now.
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  • Johnny Harris
    Johnny Harris

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    • Muhammad Azeem
      Muhammad Azeem

      It's one sided story it's better if you were give chance to Pakistani side also

    • Jeruelle Apigo
      Jeruelle Apigo

      Johnny Harris I don’t like it. I love it.

    • Arya Sandesh
      Arya Sandesh

      Make documentaries about Bangladeshi Hindus and Pakistani Hindu Shikhs.

  • MLG Boys
    MLG Boys

    The separation was good

  • Arkesh Pandey
    Arkesh Pandey

    One of the best videos by vox✌️✌️

  • Arkesh Pandey
    Arkesh Pandey

    One of the best videos by vox✌️✌️

  • Ashu kumar
    Ashu kumar

    We should have fought a war...just like USA..

  • Ajay Malolan
    Ajay Malolan

    From Nehru and Jinnah people have been eager to exploit the divide... The current day politicians are just a product of their greed.

  • Ashu kumar
    Ashu kumar

    Sikhs are the most bravest and kindest people.. In any problem, you can always depend on your sikh friends..coming from a hindu who grew up among them.

  • Salah Swilh
    Salah Swilh

    this story is a bit similar to the border situation between Algeria and Morocco

  • salman hashmi
    salman hashmi

    Amazing video ... but beleive me ... its indian politicians poisning peoples mind ... because Pakistani people are in no condition to threaten india and the 90% poloticians are busy in corruption ... but unfortunetly indian politicians are always talking against Pakistan because thats how they geta 60% of thw votes ... while in Pakistan politicians blames each other foe corruption and that how they fool people in Pakistan

  • Zain Ali
    Zain Ali

    U saw nothing bad from paPakistan ppolitician's

  • Zain Ali
    Zain Ali

    Think if Pakistan a nd India were one coentry

  • Zain Ali
    Zain Ali

    Sikhs do come in Pakistan u told a false news

  • akhil kumar
    akhil kumar

    Wrong map of india. Whole kashmir is india's.

  • Shahzaib Khan
    Shahzaib Khan

    yes it's the leaders who don't want peace but Indian politicians do all their politics by saying hatred words against Pakistan just for publicity

  • Prashant Agarwal
    Prashant Agarwal

    If India would not have been divided, it would be the most powerful and peaceful country in the world. It is because there would be no Pakistan and Bangladesh fromwhich fights remains forever

  • Haris Saeed
    Haris Saeed

    Now Imran Khan opening border irrespective if Indian government like it or not, Our Sikh brothers are most welcome, we got wider heart than their thoughts, Love from Pakistan!

  • Immi Ch
    Immi Ch

    Pakistani people are more good looking than Indians.

  • notbydesign029

    Wow! A phenomenal small doc Vox! Great job!

  • sumit lamba
    sumit lamba

    3:46 , and you can buy actual machine guns in U.S.

  • Manzoor

    Am proud to be Pakistani Thank you Quaid e Azam One thing more this is unfair, you haven't showed Pakistan side. You are only showing hindu/Sikhs and their perception.

  • g gambit
    g gambit

    Gandhi helped free Pakistan .

  • g gambit
    g gambit

    Bro pls check the hidden story of Nehru , Jinnah and the lady at 6:03

  • Gamerawi

    Thank you for doing this

  • Mukul Krishnan
    Mukul Krishnan

    The British were too drunk on tea

  • C J
    C J

    Take this cult name clearly (Islam)

  • Alex James
    Alex James

    What happened, happened. Sikhs need Khalistan more than anyone. Take action.

  • Sachin Gunjal
    Sachin Gunjal

    Just make it straight line border if law unable to take care of community's and peoples

  • Rambhupal Reddy Vemireddy
    Rambhupal Reddy Vemireddy

    Blame Nehru, Gandhi and co for this

  • the baba
    the baba

    Chutiye Britisher ne sabki gandmardi

  • tush43

    *Thanks to sikhs and rajput we were able to hold our north western border! Otherwise more land would go to muslims! Thanks to you brothers*


    Let's reunite 🖤


    a refereundum should be start to make a single country

  • Umar Gujjar
    Umar Gujjar

    Sikh nation killer of muslim people 1947

  • Umar Gujjar
    Umar Gujjar

    Great work pakistan for kartar pur


    Hope India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will become one


    PoK is of India, forcibly occupied by Pakistan, similarly as Aksai Chin occupied by China... Vox should show true map, but still thanks for covering India, hope Johanny and crew had a nice trip... Britishers were very cruel with the whole world and will never be forgiven....

  • Anurag

    Vox, your music guy needs a raise!

  • Fact Books
    Fact Books

    Main Fight Causes For 👉 Kaat Mullah. World Know & Feel Very Well.

  • Sameer Ansari
    Sameer Ansari

    Nice work johnny. Maps & animations are as good as your story & narrations. Few maps we have seen for the first time. We appreciate your good work. Keep doing. Your new way narration and cinematography is distinctive and appealing.

  • Ajith Chowdary
    Ajith Chowdary

    Pakistan of-course exports terror, I'm sure politics use this theory of blaming each other. But, It's the truth

    • Waleed Saleem
      Waleed Saleem

      typical hindi

  • CRAZY TRoniC
    CRAZY TRoniC

    If india not ruled... Then india like America and ...more successful then America


    You are wrong that politician is trying to poison our mind and why are showing only modi statement. When a nation export terrorist does Modi shouldn't criticise. I don't understand what's wrong with vox.

  • Kit Marcos
    Kit Marcos

    It's tragic, but honestly not as tragic as the line splitting Korea in two. Or what the Europeans did with the borders along numerous African countries. Talk about one group of people being split into two countries, look no further than the 38th Parallel.

  • Vijaya Kumar Ragawan
    Vijaya Kumar Ragawan

    Who's fault that this border was created in India none other than past colonialism of British.

  • Mee Mopp
    Mee Mopp

    That British lawyer must have been a kindergarten trying to draw on a map

  • sandeep133

    Muslims and the Gandhi family benefitted the most from this partition.

  • M F
    M F

    white men always ruining it for everyone

  • Anindya Patra
    Anindya Patra


  • Vimal Kumar
    Vimal Kumar

    Dude you have shown wrong map of india

  • Bangtan Sonyeondan
    Bangtan Sonyeondan

    British ruined countries

  • Ashish Kumar Swarnkar
    Ashish Kumar Swarnkar

    Can we reunit One Nation....

  • Aiman Radzuan
    Aiman Radzuan

    It's like Malay state in Thailand country.

  • aryaman vepa
    aryaman vepa

    Sri Lankan fisherman also gain access to cheap trawlers through the illegal confiscated ones. In a way the advancement of India's technical capabilities or perhaps just tech getting cheaper.

  • Rahul Koshta
    Rahul Koshta

    Brilliantly done, just one problem you used the maps incorrectly, you put POK in Pakistan.

  • ankit kumar
    ankit kumar

    Its Hindustan not India..... Hindustan zindabad

  • Kv Kris
    Kv Kris

    People are beautiful all around the world it's just the leaders who want to divide us but ironcialy I don't listen or see a word on Jinnah and about direct action day and instead saw Modi's speech after terrorist attack in election rally , all apart got the inside view of the division done by sir Radcliffe which changed our fate and fortune of millions alike Sykes pikot agreement which divided arab nations and always I wonder why we fight among ourselves when we together can be the greatest nation ever on Earth ( I mean indo- pak- Bangla n of course loving afghan too )

  • Master Mind
    Master Mind

    as a Pakistani i want you to make a video how native Americans lost there motherland

  • ankit kumar
    ankit kumar

    Nice video.... as u said it's a sporting Hindustan zindabad....... long live India....... our tolrenes is power

  • Shah armaghan BLOCH
    Shah armaghan BLOCH

    Thnx British empire we have separate country Pakistan because we muslim are happy Pakistan and hindo happy in india I know we are same language same food but not same religion that's way muslim sacrifice cow and hindo god cow that way mob linching problem in india against muslim thats way we are happy our separate country

  • best value
    best value

    Blunder mistake by Nehru, Jinnah, RSS, Muslim league..etc during 1947, both nation are suffering. Greed of power.

  • best value
    best value

    Partition shouldn't have happened. The biggest loser due to Partition are Sikhs and Muslims. Families divide between 2 nation.

  • Blackboard

    Such a powerful documentary by Vox.

  • Manorama Bodake
    Manorama Bodake

    Very nice video 😀


    Were is ( Jinnah the great ) in your video ..?

  • Steve jonathan
    Steve jonathan

    Not by politicians but by religion u can see what happened in Cyprus, Sudan, Israel etc..

  • kaliyah keita
    kaliyah keita

    colonialism really did us over. the colonial borders determined by european imperialist powers are the same borders we have today, they literally divided our land and determined the names and borders of countries in the global south as they pleased, this story is heartbreaking and really happened everywhere europeans colonised

  • saminderuk

    @johnnyharris and Vox team, I would like to thank you and commend you for the production of this episode and the topic you chose to cover. I'm a British born Sikh with Punjabi heritage. Whilst having travelled the world, I have also made numerous visits back to Punjab. From a very young age I have studied the regionally history both in terms of culture and politics. I truly appreciate the manner in which you presented all the relevant points in this episode. I would love to get involved in future discussions in developing research for future projects around the world.

  • Lightoflight

    Why Pak is not secular country and only India is. According to the history, India was invaded many times for it's riches.

  • Auazz

    Honestly dude. The Sikhs didnt had to prostate to the Muslim graves.

  • damsel oliver
    damsel oliver

    North Indian problems, South India got dragged into it in the name of Union of India