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Seventy-five years ago, in 1947, millions of people were uprooted during the partition of the Indian subcontinent, one of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century.
Across Britain, people have lived with memories of Partition which have largely been kept silent.
Join author Kavita Puri as she discusses with Andrew Whitehead the remarkable testimonies she uncovered when speaking to former subjects of the Raj who have subsequently become British citizens.
She will reflect on the ruptured families and friendships as well as the extraordinary journeys and daring rescue missions that have been shrouded in silence for so long.
Kavita Puri is an award-winning BBC journalist, executive producer and broadcaster. She presents documentaries on Radio 4 and the World Service including The Inquiry.
She devised, wrote and presented the landmark three-part series Partition Voices for Radio 4, which won the Royal Historical Society’s Radio and Podcast Award and its overall Public History Prize. It is currently being adapted for the stage by the Donmar Warehouse in London with Tara Theatre.
She is the creator and presenter of the critically acclaimed Radio 4 series Three Pounds in My Pocket, which charts the social history of British South Asians from the post-war years. It is on its fifth series.
While editor of Our World, its foreign documentaries were recognised with awards including the Royal Television Society and the Foreign Press Association.
Andrew Whitehead is an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham and a former BBC India correspondent.
In the 1990s, he created an oral history archive based on more than 200 interviews conducted across South Asia with those who had lived through Partition in 1947.
That audio archive is now held by SOAS, University of London, and has been widely used by scholars. It also formed the basis for Andrew’s own book, A Mission in Kashmir, which used personal testimony to look afresh at the inception of the Kashmir
conflict in the late 1940s.
He teaches for a semester each year at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai.