16th August is also of course the day of the Great Calcutta Killings. On this day, sixty years ago, the city of Calcutta witnessed a frenzy of killings by Muslims and Hindus. That put the seal of finality on the partition of India, which came a year later, and brought on another frenzy of killing accompanying the transfer of populations.
Having witnessed and suffered this slaughter, may my city one day become a beacon of peace, harmony and justice.
(On the subject of the partition of India, a must-read article is by Ayesha Jalal: "Exploding Communalism: The Politics of Muslim Identity in South Asia". This is accessible here.)