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A line A simple one-dimensional mark It may be the edge of a square the shortest distance between two points or markings on the road Lines gentlemen are boring yet useful tools in life Right Wrong There is one line I would like to tell you about If you were seen stepping over this line it would result in your death on the spot no questions asked This is a line drawn in the sand This line has caused the largest population movement ever witnessed by humankind Upon construction of this line 35 million people had to move from one side and 5 million from the other There are estimates that more that 20 million people were left homeless after the construction of this line Who said lines were boring not me However it runs deeper than that Not only did people have to move more than one million people were butchered on the construction of this line The positioning of this line has been the cause of three wars three bloody brutal wars Now can I ask you who in the right mind would make such a line as this They would have to be mighty inhuman to draw a line that would kill a million people But in the end all they had done was to draw a line in the sand just a line in sandnothing more nothing less So where do you think this line is Between Israel and Palestineno Between North and South Koreano Between the former north and South Vietnamwrong again The line gentlemen was drawn in the state of Punjab in 1947 in what was then undivided British India The line created and separated Pakistan from India Ancient India which gave us modern numbering system which gave us steel which gave us surgery was destroyed by a line in the sand Culture and civilisations spanning thousands of years were split apart by a line in the
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