My dear friend Bhupinder alerted me to his post that talks about Tamas, a great novel (and subsequently a gripping TV serial) on the Partition. Now the serial can be watched online. This is what Bhupinder wrote:
Thanks to the indefatigable AG, the TV serial Tamas broadcast by Doordarshan in the late 1980s is now available online. (including someÂ commercial ads from those days!) Based on a novel by Bhisham Sahni on the partition of India, it hit the TV screens in the backdrop of Babri Masjid- Ramjanmabhoomi imbroglio and brings back memories of some very fine TV serials made at time- Shyam Benegalâ€™s The Discovery of India, Gulzarâ€™s Mirza Ghalib and Arvind N Dasâ€™s documentary India Invented based on DD Kosambiâ€™s works. Happily all these are now available at youtube and/or google videos.
Even twenty years after it was broadcast, Tamas still touches a raw nerve and, sad to say, retains the relevance of its core message- the human cost of violence in general and of sectarian violence in particular. The last two decades seem to have been a re- enactment of the partition, this time in slow motion.
The more things change, the more they remain the same.
View part 1 of 5 of the serial at google videos (or click on the image above)