The division of British India in 1947 – creating the nation states of India and Pakistan – led to terrifying outbreaks of sectarian violence and caused the greatest mass movement of humanity in history, as millions of people found themselves on the ‘wrong’ side of the borders. Ahead of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, barrister Marina Wheeler (The Lost Homestead) – whose family was forced to flee the Punjab in 1947 – join BBC presenter Anita Rani (The Right Sort of Girl), to consider the impact and legacy of Partition, and how modern India has forged its identity.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Shashi Tharoor is no longer able to take part in this event.

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The Struggle for India's Soul: Nationalism and the Fate of Democracy The Right Sort of Girl
The Lost Homestead: My Family, Partition and the Punjab


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