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India and Pakistan Reunited

"It’s rare that a video from a brand will spark any real emotion--but a new spot from Google India is so powerful, and so honest to the product, that it’s a testament not only to the deft touch of the ad team that put it together, but to the strength of Google’s current offering."--Forbes

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Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 2:38 AM

This video is reminiscent of the families separated during the Korean war recently being allowed to visit one another. While tensions still exist between India and Pakistan many have begun to come to peace with the concept their nations won't be unified under either's rule. Because of this cooling of tensions families and friends are now able to see each other again after years without seeing them. Of course this is a Google commercial so the sincerity is somewhat diminished because of it's origins.

Matt Ramsdell's curator insight, December 14, 2015 3:11 PM

The most intriguing commercial that shows the differences and consequences of what happens between two nations. It shows hurt and feelings no human should have to go through. The biggest thing with this is how that after so much time apart two different people of different religions or countries can come back together and remain friends after so long of conflicting issues.

MA Sansonetti-Wood's curator insight, January 26, 2016 9:29 PM
Seth Dixon's insight:

True, this is a commercial--but what a great commercial to show that the history of of a geopolitical conflict has many casualties including friendships across lines.  This isn't the only commercial in India that is raising eyebrows.  This one from a jewelry company is proudly showing a divorced woman remarrying--something unthinkable for Indian TV one generation ago. 

Questions to Ponder: How does the Indian media reflect the values and beliefs of Indian culture?  How does the Indian media shape Indian culture?

Rescooped by Tony Aguilar from Geography Education

Indian Independence and the Question of Partition

The partition of 1947, which led to the creation of India and Pakistan, was one of the most volatile events of the twentieth century. Partition coincided with the end of British colonial rule over the subcontinent, and Indian independence was overshadowed by violence, mass displacement, and uncertainty.

The scholars in this video were interviewed for the Choices Program curriculum, "Indian Independence and the Question of Partition". For more information, visit the Choices Program.

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Tony Aguilar's insight:

This issue was partition was very disheartening for the movement involving passive resistance. They paid a great price to remove Brittish rule but unfortuntaley could not keep the nation together under a united Hinduism and Muslim rule. Ghandi specifically was very sad. They insisted that the Hindus would enslave the muslims so they needed two seperate states india and Pakistan. The nation of Bangledesh. is also descendant of India people as well,1947 set the tone for what happened in the US CIvil rights movement with Dr. King. Before the partiton agreement with Britian, they were able to demonstrate that social change could be achieved in this revolutionary way.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 8:44 PM

Cant watch this because of privacy settings?

James Hobson's curator insight, November 11, 2014 12:45 PM

(South Asia topic 4)

[And yes, the video does still work]

Diversity is ironic in the sense that it can both hold a nation together, and create hard division. India contains bits of both scenarios. Religious diversity was a splitting factor, from which Pakistan and Bangladesh seceded. On the other hand, physical geography is likely a factor which holds the nation together; tropical and Himalayan resources combine to form a strong economic dynamic, for example. Just as in the United States and Chile, different climate zones lead to advantages and the strength of 'not putting all your eggs in one basket'. This is just a scratch on the surface of this far-reaching and ever-important topic.

Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, November 23, 2014 12:01 PM

The artificial creation of Pakistan for the Muslim minority in India upon the end of British colonial rule was one of the most violent events of its time. Huge numbers of people were displaced and friends and families were ripped apart.