Punjab Health Systems Corporation chairman Brajinder Singh Brar alias Makhan Brar released his second book Lahu Bhijey Din-1947 on Sunday.
According to Brar, an Akali Dal loyalist and son of Punjab Agriculture Minister Tota Singh, this is a Punjabi novel that focuses on the painful stories of India-Pakistan partition of 1947, especially how girls were murdered by their own families in the name of honour.
Talking to Newsline, Brar, 42, said that “although the Partition was unavoidable, the process of transferring people across borders could have been peaceful”.
Questioning the Congress, he said, “The Congress, if wanted, could have averted the riots of Hindus and Muslims. The Partition could have been a more peaceful process and not the painful tragedy it turned out to be for people till today, both in India and Pakistan.”
Brar, who did his BA and LLB, said, “We belong to Dharamkot in Moga and there we had abundant Punjabi Muslims. Even today, villages are named in Urdu such as Kot Isey Khan which shows the love and affection families shared. I heard numerous stories from my father Tota Singh on friendship of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims settled at that time in Dharamkot and other parts of Punjab, which have been compiled in this book.”
His first book on poetry Mera Pind was released around 10 years back.
On striking a balance between political and literary careers, Brar said, “Writing was always a hobby and to write a book on Partition a dream. It took around two years to reach the right people who witnessed those horrifying scenes and are still alive. The price has been kept at Rs 150 to make it affordable for all. All funds will be used to help Punjabi folk singers.”