The Story of Indian Independence and the Creation of Pakistan
Lieutenant General Sir Barney White-Spunner KCB CBE – Partition: The Story of Indian Independence and the Creation of Pakistan in 1947
Between January and August 1947 the conflicting political, religious and social tensions in India culminated in independence from Britain and the creation of Pakistan. Those months saw the end of ninety years of the British Raj, and the effective power of the Maharajahs, as the Congress Party established itself commanding a democratic government in Delhi. They also witnessed the rushed creation of Pakistan as a country in two halves whose capitals were two thousand kilometers apart. From September to December 1947 the euphoria surrounding the realization of the dream of independence dissipated into shame and incrimination; nearly 1 million people died and countless more lost their homes and their livelihoods as partition was realised.
This lecture will be a judicious and unsparing look at events of 1947 from a British perspective. International bestseller Lieutenant General Sir Barney White-Spunner, who’s book Partition was published in 2017 will talk about how the events of 1947 tore apart Northern and Eastern India.
Ticket price includes tea or coffee and biscuits on arrival, the lecture and a two-course curry lunch.