SAFAR: A CHILD'S WALK TO FREEDOM DURING THE PARTITION OF INDIA
As a ten-year-old Sikh boy, the author and his family experienced the violence and trauma of migration to India after the British drew a line demarcating India and Pakistan. Dr. Chattha examines the historical and political factors leading up to Partition, examining leadership and cultural forces. He shares the migration stories of himself and three other children in the only published first-person account of this event told from a Sikh child's perspective. In addition, Dr. Chattha, a practicing neurologist for forty-one years, explores the neurobiology of violence and its link to religion. Finally, he relates his visit to his home village in Pakistan years after his family was forced to journey east to settle in India.
By Amrik Singh Chattha
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amrik Singh Chattha was born September 1, 1937, in Chattha Chak No. 46, now located in Pakistan. His educational journey took him, in India, through Sikh National College, Qadian; Government Medical College, Patiala (where he met his wife, also a medical student); and Government Medical College, Amritsar; and in the United States, from Drake Memorial Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio; New York Medical College, New York City; to Boston Children’s Hospital and Mass General Hospital, Boston, both affiliated with Harvard Medical School, where he was a fellow in neurology.
He spent five years in Boston training in neurology. He and his family then moved to Weirton, West Virginia, where he practiced neurology for forty-one years, finally retiring to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since his marriage to Dr. Jaswinder Kaur Brar, in 1961, they have journeyed together.