Sacred Games season 2: What is the Radcliffe Line?

Netflix dropped all eight episodes of Sacred Games on August 15 at midnight Indian Standard Time to coincide with the country’s independence day. The show continues with its theme of the manipulation of religion to control people. Although the story is fictional, Sacred Games makes reference to real-life historical events including the Radcliffe Line and Partition on India.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Sacred Games season 2

The season two finale of Sacred Games is called Radcliffe in reference to the borders between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Episode eight starts with a family in 1947 fleeing over the border in a car during Partition.

Viewers can hear the mention of the Radcliffe Line on the radio as they try to flee.

The significance of the Radcliffe Line in Sacred Games relates to the way that religion is being used by the characters to divide people to ensure destruction.

Similarly, in the show, Hindus and Muslims are being pitted against each other by holy man Guru Ji (played by Pankaj Tripathi) as part of his plans for a new world order.

What is the Radcliffe Line?

The Radcliffe Line was the boundaries drawn up by the British to divide in India.

These boundaries saw portions of Punjab and Bengal carved into Pakistan and Bangladesh, forming two new countries.

The line takes its name from lawyer Sir Cyril Radcliffe, who drew up the boundary lines for the two regions.

According to the BBC, Radcliffe was only given weeks to create the boundaries.

The lines covered 175,000 square miles and affected 88 million people with religious tensions running high.

Conflicts came as one side thought they should be allocated portions of land and vice-versa.

For instance, the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bengal were allocated to Pakistan even though there was a majority of non-muslims living in the area which caused tension.

Meanwhile, Malda in Bengal had a majority Muslim population but was given to India and again led to problems between the two sides.

On August 17, 1947 these boundaries were published and marked the Partition of India.

Sadly, these divisions led to mass violence and migration as Hindus and Muslims fled to across the borders.

 

The Partition continues to cause divides between Hindus and Muslims sadly to this day.

Prior to Partition, Hindus and Muslims had lived side-by-side for generations.

Sacred Games season 1 & 2 are available on Netflix now

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