Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Sarfaraz Hussein Mirza, July 21, 2006

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Early life

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Partial Transcript: Today is Friday 21st, July.

Segment Synopsis: Mirza discusses his early life, which was spent in India prior to the partition of 1947. His father's occupation is listed, as well as the educational upbringing of the interviewee. Additionally, Mirza recalls his experiences with the partition. Mirza also explains how Pakistanis who were not alive at the time of the partition view the event.

Keywords: Children; Fathers; Prejudice; Punjab (India); Schools

Subjects: Education; Islam; Partition; Police; Sikhism; Violence

GPS: Punjab (India)
Map Coordinates: 30.79, 75.84
00:11:17 - Pakistani identity

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Partial Transcript: What does it mean to be Pakistani?

Segment Synopsis: Mirza considers what it means to be Pakistani today. The impact of the Aligarh Muslim University students upon the partition is examined. The effect this student movement had on the new nation of Pakistan is also discussed. Additionally, Mirza illustrates his own role in the movement.

Keywords: Aligarh Muslim University; Development; Pakistan; Punjab (India); Students; Translation; Urdu

Subjects: Books; Partition; Research; Scholars; Writing

GPS: Aligarh Muslim University
Map Coordinates: 27.915009, 78.078793
00:21:08 - Life after partition / assassination of Jinnah

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Partial Transcript: What, what happened to your family after you arrived there...

Segment Synopsis: Mirza describes his life following the partition, primarily focusing on his education. Where Mirza went to college, and then university, and his teaching position at the University of Punjab are explored. Mirza then recalls his memories of the assassination of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in 1948. Then, Mirza compares Jinnah's vision for Pakistan to the present realities. Political corruption, according to Mirza is the main flaw in the Pakistani government today.

Keywords: Colleges; Islamia College; Lahore (Pakistan); Muhammad Ali Jinnah; Pakistan; Politics; Punjab University; Sargodha (Pakistan); Universities

Subjects: Education; Leadership; Partition; Police; Technology; Weapons

GPS: University of Punjab
Map Coordinates: 31.292778, 74.174722
00:33:08 - Meaning of independence / beginning of movement

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Partial Transcript: When you think of independence, what do you think of?

Segment Synopsis: Mirza explains what independence means to him as a Pakistani. Mirza's experiences of discrimination before the partition are found to shape his viewpoint on the aforementioned event. Then, Mirza briefly considers the role of the All-India Muslim League in the partition. Additionally, Mirza traces the history of the partition movement in India (in present-day Pakistan), which he dates back to the 1850s, and highlights prominent leaders within the movement as well.

Keywords: All-India Muslim League; Coexistence; Impractical; Pakistan; Practical; Prejudice; Speeches

Subjects: Freedom; Hinduism; History; Ideology; Islam; Leadership; Partition; Sikhism