11 episodes

Partition is an historical podcast that will discuss the 1947 Partition of India and the formation of Pakistan as told by me, Neha Aziz. I was born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1990, and always knew that Pakistan used to be a part of India. However, it wasn’t until my first trip back to my home country in 2017 that I found out the devastating truth at an exhibit at the mall. Learning about partition inspired me to dig into the subject more, especially because I have no recollection of learning about it in school, and neither my parents or relatives ever spoke to me about it. It all started when Britain decided they could no longer afford to control India.They granted them independence and announced that a new country, Pakistan would also be formed. They severed the country in such a way that friends and neighbors became enemies and murderers. 



All facts said in the podcast are true and accurate, but I will be providing anecdotes and commentary as they relate to my discovery and research of Partition. This year marks the 75th anniversary, and it is high time that this story is revealed to the masses. 

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    • 4.5 • 125 Ratings

Partition is an historical podcast that will discuss the 1947 Partition of India and the formation of Pakistan as told by me, Neha Aziz. I was born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1990, and always knew that Pakistan used to be a part of India. However, it wasn’t until my first trip back to my home country in 2017 that I found out the devastating truth at an exhibit at the mall. Learning about partition inspired me to dig into the subject more, especially because I have no recollection of learning about it in school, and neither my parents or relatives ever spoke to me about it. It all started when Britain decided they could no longer afford to control India.They granted them independence and announced that a new country, Pakistan would also be formed. They severed the country in such a way that friends and neighbors became enemies and murderers. 



All facts said in the podcast are true and accurate, but I will be providing anecdotes and commentary as they relate to my discovery and research of Partition. This year marks the 75th anniversary, and it is high time that this story is revealed to the masses. 

    Reflections

    Reflections

    In the series finale, Neha discusses communities that live along the India/Pakistan border with author and journalist Nilanjana Bhowmick. Later, she is joined by Avani Tandon Viera and Ansh Ranvir Vohra, co-creators of the Pind Collective, a collaborative art project that transcends the borders between these two countries. 

    Sources/Links: 

    For villages divided between India and Pakistan, a map drawn long ago still causes daily struggles - National Geographic 

    The Pind Collective 

    Complete List of Sources

    Voiceover for Nilanjana Bhowmick provided by Alisha Sehgal

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    • 33 min
    The Border

    The Border

    This week, Neha discusses the famous Wagah Border Ceremony, a daily military event that takes place between India and Pakistan. Later, she is joined by Dr. Antara Datta, a professor. who will talk about the borders at great length from a historical perspective. 

    Sources/Links: 

    Antara Datta

    Citizen Amendment Act - Columbia University Global Studies Blog

    Flag War - Hindustan Times

    Wagah Ceremony - The News

    Grandparents at the Taj Mahal - 1960s

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    • 28 min
    Partition in Film & TV

    Partition in Film & TV

    This week, Neha discusses a few examples of films and television shows that depict Partition. She speaks with Shanti Thakur (Terrible Children) and Fatimah Asghar (Ms. Marvel).

    Sources/Links: 

    Shanti Thakur

    Fatimah Asghar

    The Crown - Corgi Thread

    Richard Attenborough - Gandhi

    Sabiha Sumar - Silent Waters

    M.S. Sathyu - Garm Hava

    Gurinder Chadha - Viceroy’s House

    Dr. Who 

    The Crown 

    Gandhi Is Deeply Revered, But His Attitudes On Race And Sex Are Under Scrutiny - NPR

    Voiceover for Vinay Patel is provided by Raghav Ravi

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    • 49 min
    Children of Partition / Brothers Reunited

    Children of Partition / Brothers Reunited

    This week, Neha discusses what happened to many children amidst the chaos of Partition. She interviews Nasir Dhillon and his work reuniting families, most notably two brothers, Sadiq and Sika Khan who lost each other and were reunited in 2022.

    Sources/Links: 

    The Other Side of Silence by Urvashi Butalia

    Two brothers were separated in India during the partition. 74 years later, they have finally reunited - Washington Post 

    Punjabi Lehar YouTube Channel

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkgJxsi3aAs 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqwomJarhYk

    Voiceover for Urvashi Butalia is provided by Nafisa Aziz

    Voiceover for Sadiq Khan is provided by Aziz Akbarali

    Voiceover for Sika Khan is provided by Ahmed Amirali

    Voiceover for Nasir Dhillon is provided by Manahar Kumar

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    • 24 min
    A Survivor’s Account (with Shanti Tangri)

    A Survivor’s Account (with Shanti Tangri)

    This week, Neha interviews Shanti Tangri as he recalls memories from Partition. From escaping to Kashmir to meeting Gandhi, Shanti shares an array of different stories. 

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    Survivor Account - Shanti Tangri

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    • 32 min
    Preserving the Histories

    Preserving the Histories

    This week, Neha is joined by the founder of the 1947 Partition Archive, Dr. Guneeta Singh Bhalla and author and oral historian Aanchal Malhotra. They discuss how they preserve the stories of Partition survivors.

    Sources/Links: 

    Follow Neha on Instagram and Twitter

    Follow Partition on Instagram and Twitter


    Remnants of Partition: 21 Objects from a Continent Divided by Aanchal Malhotra
    https://www.1947partitionarchive.org/
    https://www.aanchalmalhotra.com/
    https://museumofmaterialmemory.com/

    Voiceover for Aanchal Malhotra is provided by Wajiha Rizvi

    Voiceover for Bagh Malhotra is provided by Noorbanu Virji 
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

BeenBattized ,

So Close To Five Stars!

Wonderfully engaging podcast on the impact of Partition!
It would be deserving of five stars, if not for the maddening background music—that of repetitively plucked strings—that plays incessantly behind the speaking of individuals and as a connecting line between segments.
This one element makes the series nearly unlistenable.
Ultimately, it is absolutely worth listening to. The series is heartfelt, necessary, and long overdue.
This specific music choice and its overuse is simply an unfortunate misstep in a successful, beautiful production.

Emily Gos ,

Listen to this podcast!!

I am so grateful for this pocdcast and to be learning more about Partition directly from people and communities affected. Neha is a great narrator and nails both the honest podcaster on this journey with us, and the historian covering devastating events. Please listen and tell your friends.

Duncanwrites ,

A terrific view of the emotional terrain of partition

We need more shows that go beyond the facts and in to the impact of politics on real people

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