All photos: Graciel Magnoni
All photos: Graciel Magnoni

Images of the two Punjabs, partitioned yet forever alike

A photographer’s journey through the Punjab in India and Pakistan shows a land and a people still tied together, despite Partition and the militarised border in between

In 2011, my mother-in-law passed away. I accompanied my sister-in-law and my husband to immerse her ashes in a holy river in Punjab, in India. It was my first trip there. My second trip to Punjab was in 2014, to immerse the ashes of my father-in-law in the very same river.

In 1947, the Punjab was divided between the newly independent states of India and Pakistan. An estimated million people were killed and more than fifteen million were displaced. 

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