The other side of midnight: Pakistan 50 years after partition

Mahatma Gandhi and Pakistan’s first president Mohammed Ali Jinnah in Bombay, September 1944. (©Wikimedia) Even today photographs of the two men together raises tensions

When British India was granted independence in 1947, the subcontinent was divided into two countries: a predominantly Hindu India and to its east, and to its west a predominantly Muslim Pakistan. The intention had been to create two brother countries with fluid borders, but the process of partition and its ensuing border disputes, massacres and divisive abuses have left deep scars to this day — scars that, as we hear in this programme, run through families.

Producer: Dheera Sujan

Broadcast: August 22, 1997