Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Family Pain of Partition

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Family Pain of Partition

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THERE are so many tear-jerking moments in this Who Do You Think You Are? style documentary that by the end you'll feel emotionally sucker-punched.

Anita Rani looks at the stories of four British families, one Muslim, one Hindu, one Colonial and her own Sikh one, who lived in India at the time of Partition in 1947.

It's a fascinating and shocking history lesson from the point of view of those caught up in the horror of what happened when 200 years of British rule came to an abrupt end.

"The vast continent was divided between an independent India and the new Muslim homeland of Pakistan," explains Anita. "But it became one of the most catastrophic events of the 20th century as millions of people were forced to flee their homes."

Anita's family, like so many others, was torn apart. …

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