Shrabani Basu & Kavita Puri
India: From Victoria to Partition

In 1887 young Indian Muslim Abdul Karim became personal attendant to the ageing Queen Victoria, Empress of India – a powerful, controversial role at the heart of Empire when Indian demands for independence were accelerating. In 1947, Victoria’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’ was divided through the violence of Partition, with millions finding themselves suddenly on the wrong side, a trauma still affecting many British South Asians today. Authors and journalists Shrabani Basu and Kavita Puri discuss the repercussions of these decisive moments in India’s history.

Chaired by Piers Brendon, historian, author and former Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre

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