1. Zeshan Baghewadi, an American-Indian musician, uploaded a video on August 14 at midnight (in the one-second-overlap between Pakistan’s and India’s independence days).
2. Bagewadi soulfully sang “Pak Sar Zameen” and “Jana Gana Mana,” while a split-screen video played, showing glimpses of life in both countries.
3. The activities in our rural areas are the same.
8. Even our manners of posing for photos are indistinguishable.
10. How Zeshan Bagewadi, an Indian-American, and Nushmia Khan, a Pakistani-American, created the video:
Bagewadi decided to make the video as a memorial to the partition of the sub-continent.
According to Scroll.in, his family is from Hyderabad, India, where his grandfather decided to stay after the 1947 partition, even though his shop in Nampally was set ablaze by mobs. He moved to Mumbai afterwards and that’s where Bagewadi’s mother was born.
His grandfather’s wife told him about what happened when her husband died.
Bagewadi met Nushmia Khan, a Pakistani-American whose grandparents spent the first 9 months of their marriage as prisoners of war, after which they were moved to Pakistan. She shot and produced the video.
Bagewadi and Khan told scroll.in that their expatriate experience had a major influence on this video.
“Especially in the US, we tend to grow up side by side. When people are teasing you about smelling like onions when you’re in school, you have to stick together. Today, it is difficult for people in India and Pakistan to speak to each other. But as diaspora, we interact all the time so it falls on our shoulders to prove the similarities between us,” said Bagewadi.
“The older generation said that they had sacrificed so much to get where they are that it was difficult for them to put aside their differences,” Khan told scroll.in. “But the younger generation was more willing to coexist.”