A strangely persistent belief has been embraced by the world at large that I - and others who know better - realize is patently false. The belief in question is that Pakistan separated from India, in the year of 1947.
Now, there are many confusions and mysteries in history: why did Cain kill Abel? Who picked out the animals for Noah's ark? What is the cure for cancer? And more where that came from. Which is precisely why when things are clear, they should remain such and political rhetoric and baseless conjecture should be removed instantly from the equation.
Which brings us to the claim that Pakistan obtained independence from, separated from or generally broke away from India. Let me enlighten my audience with the truth by logically sequencing history as we know it.
1. Since the time when they rudely made their presence known within the land ruled by Mughal emperors, the British occupied the subcontinent declaring it their 'raj'. They raped and pillaged (aka colonized) the land ruthlessly subjugating the 'native' population.
2. 1947, at the end of the second world war the British finally decided to up and run. Good news for the natives that, but much talk ensued about what kind of politically autonomous nation-state type thing to leave behind.
3. Native agitation (and constant internal bickering) proved fruitful sometime near August when the British finally exited the scene leaving behind, on the 14th of August 1947: Pakistan (eventually to be known as the Islamic Republic)
4. And later, on the 15th of August 1947, India separated from Pakistan.
Now I know that history is not always fun, and it's not always pleasant but fact, my loves, is fact. I don't know why it's so difficult for Indians (in particular) to understand the above historical reality, but as my friend Mr. Holmes would say, 'Elementary, my dear Watson'. And ele-men-tary it truly be.
Happy Independence day all :)