Partition: Remembering the painful journey from Pakistan to India
British India's joy at independence from colonial rule in 1947 was accompanied by the trauma of being divided into two nations: India and Pakistan.
The event sparked religious violence in which up to a million people died. Millions were displaced and forced to rebuild their lives overnight.
Sarabjit Singh was four years old when his family moved from Lahore in present-day Pakistan to Jalandhar in India.
As India marks 75 years since independence and the partition, Mr Singh, now 79 years old, spoke to the BBC's Anshul Verma about the long, painful journey to a new life.
Sarabjit Singh's story is part of a recently released book titled Independence Day: A People's History
India, the world's largest democracy, is celebrating 75 years of independence from British rule. This is the eighth story in the BBC's special series on this milestone.
Read more from the series here:
- Why Sir Ganga Ram's legacy lives on in India and Pakistan
- The DIY tech that made Gandhi's voice heard
- Meet the Indians named lockdown, freedom and emergency
- The forgotten hero who stitched India together
- The Partition baggage young Indians and Pakistanis carry
- Pakistan YouTuber reunites families split by partition
- Why India forgot this freedom hero from the south