My Fam­ily, Par­ti­tion and Me

A sea­son of films on Par­ti­tion be­gins with Anita Rani’s story

TV Times - - Wednesday -

doc­u­men­tary / 9.00pm / BBC1 It’s 70 years this month since In­dia won its in­de­pen­dence and since the state was split in two, which led to decades of con­flict. Anita Rani takes a deeply per­sonal look at Par­ti­tion in this poignant two-parter, trav­el­ling with her mum to Pak­istan to in­ves­ti­gate how some of their Sikh rel­a­tives were killed in the en­su­ing vi­o­lence. Equally emo­tional are the jour­neys of three mem­bers of the public with links to In­dia and Pak­istan, who re­visit their own and their rel­a­tives’ pasts. Most heart­break­ing of all is the story of 78-year-old can­cer suf­ferer Asad Ali Syed, who is vis­i­bly dis­traught as he re­turns to the In­dian birth­place that he fled as a small child.

Anita on the le­gacy of In­dia and Pak­istan’s painful sep­a­ra­tion

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