Memorializing the Women in Partition

  • Code PG191042
  • Faculty Architecture
  • Unit L4 Studio Unit
  • Tutor/s Sonal Mithal


History when narrated depends a lot on the narrator’s perspective. There is a blaring gap in our understanding of the freedom struggle and the ensuing partition with respect to the role played by women as they were as much a part of it. And now, more than ever, we need to rectify this by even just attempting to recognize their dilemmas, complexities of struggle, the unvoiced opinions and the choices that were made for them by the patriarchal nature of the society and the state. So the need to memorialize the trials and tribulations of women on this site in particular is because it was also a part of the historic ‘raksha sarini’ which Rabindranath Tagore had undertaken. He had taken a dip in the water near the ‘P.K Tagore ghat’ and started walking urging the communities to tie rachis or amulets on each other's wrist to express solidarity which helped contain the hatred that otherwise would have been ensued. Having identified and established my point of concern, I wanted to propose a design which therefore has a more feminist approach to the scheme of things. The idea was to generate empathy in a way that is very gestural using the tools in architecture and makes the visitor envisage the struggles women suffered back then in the space now.