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Aik Saath 17 Aug 2007
'Together as one' - easing the conflict between Pakistani and Indian communities in the UK

When race riots between Sikh and Muslim youths tore through the heart of Slough ten years ago, India's Partition in 1947 was identified as a key trigger. Most of the Shere-e-Punjab gang, a group of 60 young Sikhs from Southall, and Slough's Chalvey Boyz said that they knew little about Partition but had inherited their attitudes from parents and grandparents.

The aftermath of the conflict has seen the formation of a remarkable group of young people. 'Aik Saath' - meaning 'together as one' in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu - is a conflict resolution project with members aged between 13 and 25 years. It is currently focusing on tension that still exists between the Pakistani and Indian communities. Its touring exhibition, 'Partition', which explores Partition through peoples' personal memories living in the UK, opens in Slough. Sushil Johal is one of the women who has been taking part. She was a young Sikh girl living in Sheikpuru, then part of northern India, when her family was caught up in the massive upheaval caused by Partition.
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