In July 1947, about five weeks before the British were scheduled to depart the Indian subcontinent, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, a British lawyer, was commissioned to draw the borders that would divide British India into two countries – Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India.
Who was Sir Cyril?
Cyril John Radcliffe, 1st Viscount Radcliffe, GBE, PC, QC, FBA (30 March 1899 – 1 April 1977) was a British lawyer and Law Lord best known for his role in the partition of British India.
Cyril Radcliffe, 1st Viscount Radcliffe.
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Who is divided India and Pakistan?
The partition was outlined in the Indian Independence Act 1947 and resulted in the dissolution of the British Raj, i.e. Crown rule in India. The two self-governing independent Dominions of India and Pakistan legally came into existence at midnight on 15 August 1947.
What was Pakistan old name?
In a 1933 pamphlet, Now or Never, Rahmat Ali and three Cambridge colleagues coined the name as an acronym for Punjab, Afghania (North-West Frontier Province), Kashmir, and Indus-Sind, combined with the -stan suffix from Baluchistan (Balochistan).
Which country is predominantly Hindu India or Pakistan?
With nearly 1 billion Hindus, India has the largest Hindu population in the world. Following India are Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, which are home to 21 million, 13 million, and 4 million Hindus respectively.