Documentary - Partition Voices, The [world Service]

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0120170815

On its 70th anniversary, Kavita Puri hears the untold stories of those who witnessed India’s partition in 1947.

The years leading up to partition was a time in which many Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus recalled living together harmoniously. We hear about the calls for independence; the rising clamour for an independent Pakistan; the dread as communal rioting gripped ever more of the sub-continent; how the movement of people began prior to independence; and how independence day was marked on both sides of the border.

Producers: Michael Gallagher, Tim Smith and Ant Adeane

(Photo: Living under the shadow of division: Those telling their stories of British India’s violent partition speak with remarkable clarity about the tumultuous events. Credit: BBC)

On its 70th anniversary, Kavita Puri hears the untold stories of those who witnessed India’s partition in 1947.

Partition Voices
On the 70th anniversary of the partition of India, Kavita Puri hears remarkable testimonies from people who witnessed this tumultuous event first hand – and even took part in it.
The division of the Indian sub-continent into Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan resulted in one of the largest forced migrations the world has ever seen, as over 10 million people sought refuge in one or other of the new dominions. Unspeakable religious violence accompanied the displacement, claiming up to a million lives, while tens of thousands of women suffered rape and abduction. Many of those who experienced the chaos have kept their silence ever since, such was their trauma. Yet those taking part in this series speak with remarkable clarity about the tumultuous events, whose legacy endures to this day.

The first programme covers the years leading up to partition; a time in which many Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus recall living together harmoniously. We hear about the calls for independence; the rising clamour for an independent Pakistan; the dread as communal rioting gripped ever more of the sub-continent; how the movement of people began prior to independence; and how independence day was marked on both sides of the border.

Producers: Michael Gallagher, Tim Smith and Ant Adeane

(Photo: Living under the shadow of division: Those telling their stories of British India’s violent partition speak with remarkable clarity about the tumultuous events. Credit: BBC)

0120170815

On its 70th anniversary, Kavita Puri hears the untold stories of those who witnessed India’s partition in 1947.

The years leading up to partition was a time in which many Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus recalled living together harmoniously. We hear about the calls for independence; the rising clamour for an independent Pakistan; the dread as communal rioting gripped ever more of the sub-continent; how the movement of people began prior to independence; and how independence day was marked on both sides of the border.

Producers: Michael Gallagher, Tim Smith and Ant Adeane

(Photo: Living under the shadow of division: Those telling their stories of British India’s violent partition speak with remarkable clarity about the tumultuous events. Credit: BBC)

Partition Voices
On the 70th anniversary of the partition of India, Kavita Puri hears remarkable testimonies from people who witnessed this tumultuous event first hand – and even took part in it.
The division of the Indian sub-continent into Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan resulted in one of the largest forced migrations the world has ever seen, as over 10 million people sought refuge in one or other of the new dominions. Unspeakable religious violence accompanied the displacement, claiming up to a million lives, while tens of thousands of women suffered rape and abduction. Many of those who experienced the chaos have kept their silence ever since, such was their trauma. Yet those taking part in this series speak with remarkable clarity about the tumultuous events, whose legacy endures to this day.

The first programme covers the years leading up to partition; a time in which many Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus recall living together harmoniously. We hear about the calls for independence; the rising clamour for an independent Pakistan; the dread as communal rioting gripped ever more of the sub-continent; how the movement of people began prior to independence; and how independence day was marked on both sides of the border.

Producers: Michael Gallagher, Tim Smith and Ant Adeane

(Photo: Living under the shadow of division: Those telling their stories of British India’s violent partition speak with remarkable clarity about the tumultuous events. Credit: BBC)

0220170816

On its 70th anniversary, Kavita Puri hears the untold stories of those who witnessed India’s partition in 1947.

Witnesses describe the immediate aftermath of partition itself. As the former British territories were divided into two new dominions of India and Pakistan, millions on both sides of the new border found themselves in the wrong place – and fled. Intercommunal violence spread rapidly among Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs, and news of the atrocities sparked revenge attacks. Yet even as this brutality shocked the world, some of those who bore witness to it recall many individual acts of courage and humanity.

On the 70th anniversary of the partition of India, Kavita Puri hears remarkable testimonies from people who witnessed the drama first hand - and even took part in it. They speak with remarkable clarity about the tumultuous events, whose legacy endures to this day.

Producers: Michael Gallagher, Tim Smith and Ant Adeane

(Photo: Living under the shadow of division: Those telling their stories of British India’s violent partition speak with remarkable clarity about the tumultuous events. Credit: BBC)

On its 70th anniversary, Kavita Puri hears the untold stories of those who witnessed India’s partition in 1947.

0220170816

On its 70th anniversary, Kavita Puri hears the untold stories of those who witnessed India’s partition in 1947.

Witnesses describe the immediate aftermath of partition itself. As the former British territories were divided into two new dominions of India and Pakistan, millions on both sides of the new border found themselves in the wrong place – and fled. Intercommunal violence spread rapidly among Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs, and news of the atrocities sparked revenge attacks. Yet even as this brutality shocked the world, some of those who bore witness to it recall many individual acts of courage and humanity.

On the 70th anniversary of the partition of India, Kavita Puri hears remarkable testimonies from people who witnessed the drama first hand - and even took part in it. They speak with remarkable clarity about the tumultuous events, whose legacy endures to this day.

Producers: Michael Gallagher, Tim Smith and Ant Adeane

(Photo: Living under the shadow of division: Those telling their stories of British India’s violent partition speak with remarkable clarity about the tumultuous events. Credit: BBC)