This year, on the 72nd Independence Day, we reached out to our grandparents - people who actually lived through the pain and anguish of an event that still haunts them, the partition that shaped their childhood and their personalities in indescribable ways.

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Here are some of the stories they shared:

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This independence day, let us all be grateful for the freedom we have. Yes, it is flawed, but it is a hard-earned freedom indeed. Yes, things can change for the better, but a lot was sacrificed to achieve the freedom we take so casually today!

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