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Live On Stage
Wednesday June 12 2024, 7pm BST

Mishal Husain on Family, Empire and Why Partition Still Matters

History &
Social Policy

On August 15 1947 Pakistan and India gained their independence and colonialism came to an end in the subcontinent. But it was not a time of celebration. A botched process of partition saw unprecedented sectarian violence, an estimated death of more than a million people and some 15 million more displaced from their homes. 

Mishal Husain’s family lived through the mayhem. On June 12 Husain, the acclaimed journalist and BBC Radio 4 Today Programme host, comes to Intelligence Squared to tell her family’s story and shed light on this remarkable period of history. Drawing from her new book Broken Threads: My Family From Empire to Independence, she will tell stories like that of her grandmother Mary, a devout Catholic of Anglo-Indian parentage who leaves a struggling family to train as a nurse in Britain. Or her grandfather Shahid who finds purpose and success in the British Army as a Sandhurst cadet.

Join Husain as she confronts the acute sense of loss brought on by partition, the rupturing of cross-border relationships, and the scarring legacy of violence that still impacts the descendants of empire living in Britain today.

This event is presented in partnership with 4th Estate.

 

Broken Threads: My Family From Empire to Independence
by Mishal Husain

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Mishal Husain on Family, Empire and Why Partition Still Matters



Speaker
  • Mishal Husain

    Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme


Location
  • Conway Hall
  • 25 Red Lion Square
  • London
  • WC1R 4RL
Time
  • Wednesday 12 June 2024
  • 7pm to 8:30pm BST



Speakers

Speaker

Mishal Husain

Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme


Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme as well as the television news on BBC One. Over twenty years in journalism she has worked on big domestic and international stories. She has reported from numerous regions around the world and has interviewed world leaders and prominent public figures, from Boris Johnson and Aung San Suu Kyi to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.