Kavita Puri

Kavita Puri

Kavita Puri is an award-winning BBC journalist, executive producer and broadcaster. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book “Partition Voices: Untold British Stories.” She presents documentaries on Radio 4 and the World Service including The Inquiry. She devised, wrote and presented the landmark three-part series Partition Voices for Radio 4, which won the Royal Historical Society’s Radio and Podcast Award and its overall Public History Prize. Her critically acclaimed Radio 4 series Three Pounds in My Pocket charts the social history of British South Asians from the post-war years. It is on its fifth series. While editor of Our World, its foreign documentaries were recognised with awards including the Royal Television Society and the Foreign Press Association. She worked for many years at Newsnight and studied Law at Cambridge University.

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  1. 70. THE PARTITION OF INDIA: 75 YEARS ON
    70. THE PARTITION OF INDIA: 75 YEARS ON

    In 1947 the conflicting political, religious and social tensions in India culminated in independence from Britain and the creation of Pakistan. The initial euphoria degenerated into bitter incrimination and recrimination as nearly one million people died and countless more lost their homes and their livelihoods. Partition dominated the history of South Asia for the next decades, leading to three wars, countless acts of terrorism, polarisation around the Cold War powers and to two nations with millions living in poverty spending disproportionate amounts on their military. It happened far away, but it would also shape modern Britain. 75 years later, Kavita Puri and Barney White-Spunner will discuss the legacy of those turbulent months.

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