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The Grand Trunk Project – British South-Asians Celebrating Faith Diversity After the 1947 Partition

by in Identity on 10th January, 2021

Image from the Grand Trunk Project Archive

The Grand Trunk Project is a UK-wide project, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, that was launched in 2017 to bring British Asians of all faiths and backgrounds together, following their shared history of the 1947 partition. The project celebrates the cohesion of faiths in the face of division, and aims to build common ground between different faith communities.

The Grand Trunk Project embodies the spirit of the ancient and historic Grand Trunk Road, which linked peoples and countries, creating relationships and friendships despite the differences. Working in collaboration with faith leaders, community groups, and others, we aim to celebrate our similarities and support much-needed dialogue about our differences.”

The largest human migration in our modern history

“The Partition of 1947 saw mass displacement and the largest human migration in our modern history. Inevitably, families were moved, friendships departed and people unaccounted for. Mass migrations in such conditions are littered with stories of displacement, isolation, alienation and divorce. Communities, families and even individuals are torn within themselves.”

From the launch of @TheGTP_ #70yearson |An emotional evening but it was incredible to have communities come together. #70yearsofPartition ???? pic.twitter.com/wXVVB8WURy— Rupinder Kaur (@RupinderKW) July 5, 2017

At @GuildHall celebrating #70yearson since #Independence – learning about the largest human migration in modern history #Pakistan #India pic.twitter.com/jr7SDfvdAl— Qari Asim MBE (@QariAsim) July 4, 2017

Faithforums for London discussing #Partition #70YearsOn @TheGTP_ ‘acknowledging displacement & tragedy whilst recognising cultural cohesion’ pic.twitter.com/6kFDvhzsKq— Suman Bhuchar (@SumanBhuchar) July 4, 2017

Sharing #journals is one way of exploring the history of Partition and celebrating the communities we have today ???? https://t.co/WcWmgiROKz pic.twitter.com/eQ07HnmVDN— Grand Trunk Project (@TheGTP_) May 13, 2017

What’s Grand Trunk Road? https://t.co/09BIa8a5ce It’s such an important part of #tgtp + today’s blog post is dedicated to it ???? #70YearsOn pic.twitter.com/Q2GcrLqKJX— Grand Trunk Project (@TheGTP_) May 12, 2017

The Grand Trunk project launch recognising the success of those that came from the subcontinent @SadiqKhan @amirkingkhan #70YearsOn pic.twitter.com/T0fTexLOD4— British Muslim Youth (@BritishMuslimY) July 4, 2017

Find out more about The Great Trunk Project