Persecuted Pakistani Hindus find refuge in India. The partition of 1947 between India and pakistan is the biggest mass migration in human history. Over 15 million people were uprooted following India’s independence from the British in 1947. It triggered months of violence in which at least a million people were killed for their faith. The Hindus in Pakistan, though, are not equally treated in country. They have no legal rights to work. These Hindus are still moving from Pakistan to India, where tens of thousands languish in makeshift camps near the border. However, Many of them have no choice but to toil illegally in the stone quarries near their place because their movements are strictly controlled by the authorities, suspicious of anyone from across the border.For decades, Jogdas, a Pakistani Hindu, has been dreaming of moving to India to escape the persecution he suffered as a Hindu in Muslim Pakistan since decades. They assume That they share the culture, food and language of Rajasthan should make it easy for them to assimilate in their adopted homeland. But in reality, they live in isolated camps, far from local communities and are treated with suspicion by authorities.81-year-old Jogdas said,”It is not the welcome most of them expected in Hindu-majority India. No job, no house, no money, no food. There, we were working in the fields, we were farmers. But here people like us are forced to break rocks to earn a living. For us the partition is still not over. Hindus are still trying to come back to their country. And when they come here, they have nothing.”Pakistani Hindus qualify for a fast track to citizenship in India after seven years. However, the bureaucratic delays have made the process lenghty. Khanaramji, 64, became an Indian citizen in 2005 after fleeing Pakistan in 1997. He said that many were disillusioned by life in India and had returned to Pakistan. “There is no assistance from the government. We are just like cattle with no owners. We are just surviving on our own,” he said.
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