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Last Days of the Raj

Synopsis
This drama-documentary, filmed entirely on location in India, charts the events of six traumatic months in 1947 that saw the end of the British Raj. Lord Louis Mountbatten arrived in India in March 1947 as Britain’s Last Viceroy, committed to transferring power to an independent and sovereign India. Six months later India indeed was free, but it had also been partitioned and overwhelmed by an orgy of sectarian violence involving Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs.

What was meant to have been an exemplary British withdrawal had turned into an uncontrollable bloodletting and resulted in the murder of over a million people. For many years, the full horror of 1947 was obscured by the simple fact that it was in the interest of neither Britain, India, nor Pakistan to describe it.

The drama centres on the Viceroy’s palace in Delhi where Mountbatten, Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah fought and squabbled over the future of India and where British officials were charged with carving a Muslim homeland out of the religious and ethnic patchwork of the Punjab.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
2007
Notes
Broadcast on Channel 4 on 10/5/2011
Subjects
History
Keywords
British Empire; history of India; Raj; docudrama

Online availability

URI
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-last-days-of-the-raj/4od
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Sponsor

Name

Channel 4

Distributor

Name

4OD

Web
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