History TV to screen documentary on Partition today

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A documentary on the partition of the Indian subcontinent billed “The Road to Partition” airs on Thursday in India and Pakistan, one day after the 60th anniversary of the partition, on History Television’s “Turning Points of History”.

The documentary traces the events leading to the partition, and the issues involved in the decision-making process. It recalls the leading personalities involved, particularly three British-trained lawyers who spearheaded the movement to force the British out of India: Jawaharlal Nehru, who became India’s first prime minister; Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder and first governor-general of Pakistan; and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, whose non-violent philosophy and political strategy inspired the world.

Witnesses to the actual event, including McGill Professor Emeritus Baldev Raj Nayar, Dolly Ahluwalia of Markham, Salahuddin Haqqi of Brampton, and Dr Faqir Khanna of Edmonton, recount their memories, as around 14 million Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs uprooted themselves on short notice, many of them murdered en route or even before they could leave.

Archival film and photographs provide graphic reminders of the greatest migration in recorded history. Such South Asian authorities as Sukeshi Kamra of Carleton, Vasudha Dalmia and Munis D Faruqui of the University of California in Berkeley, Stanley Wolpert, author of “Shameful Flight: The Last Years of the British Empire in India”, historian Thomas Metcalf (“Ideologies of the Raj”), and Douglas Peers, University of Calgary, add their insights. ...

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