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Prof. Ishtiaq Ahmed writes about my films in Daily Times

Parts I, II  and III of ‘Sufism and the East Punjab Dalit assertion‘ by Professor Ishtiaq Ahmed, published in Daily Times. It talks extensively about my films.

This fact dawned upon me in a most powerful manner when I saw documentaries on this subject by an exceptionally talented and enlightened filmmaker, Ajay Bhardwaj (a Brahmin). His remarkable contribution comprises a trilogy: Kitte Mil Ve Mahi (where the twain shall meet); Rabba Hun Kee Kariye (thus departed our neighbours), and Milange Babey Ratan De Mele Te (We shall meet at the festival of Baba Ratan).

Part I:

 By probing the Sufi connections of the social and cultural world of East Punjab Dalits, Ajay Bhardwaj has opened new vistas for us in West Punjab. After 65 years of a violent partition, we catch glimpses of the other part upholding the 1,000-year old common heritage.

Part II:

The final documentary in the trilogy on Sufism and the Dalits of East Punjab, Milange Babey Ratan De Mele Te (“We shall Meet at the Festival of Baba Ratan”) begins with the recitation of pantheistic Punjabi verses about God existing not outside the universe but in intimate communion with it; in such a worldview, man, woman and God become one.

Part III:

Reflections from a viewer on ‘Rabba Hun Kee Kariye’

Reflections of Ashraf Sahib.

To me this documentary has given a voice to those hundreds of Thousands of people who lost their lives in the 1947 partition. Personally, I grew up in a family where I heard these stories first hand from my Gran. Of how she locked her home in Kartarpur and looked after the key to that house for several years with the intention of returning. Further, of how my Gran was privileged to be travelling in the only survived truck of three whilst the rest of her family was unfortunately in the other two trucks that were slaughtered on the way to Pakistan.

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