Over the past twenty years or more, I have conducted scores of interviews with people with personal stories to tell of Partition - the botched division of British India in August 1947 to created two independent nations, India and Pakistan. It produced one of the great tragedies of a deeply tragic century - at least half-a-million dead, ten million or more migrants, and the rupture of a symbiotic culture, most notably in Punjab.
I will in time post more details of the interviews on this site. Many were used in a radio series I made in 1997, India: a people partitioned - the audio of those programmes is available online and on BBC iplayer. The historian Yasmin Khan also made excellent use of some of the material in her book The Great Partition. The interviews relating to Kashmir in 1947 provide the foundation of my own book A Mission in Kashmir.
I have also posted quite a number of my Partition related interviews on YouTube - here's the Partition Voices playlist. The audio of a few of the interviews is posted lower down this page.
In August 2017 - seventy years after Partition - I was invited to talk at the National Army Museum in London about 'Remembering Partition', and included extracts from a few of the interviews I had conducted. The talk is now on YouTube:
Partition Voices: Khushwant Singh
Khushwant Singh (1915 - 2014) was about the last of India's independence generation. He knew many of the key figures (Jinnah was chief guest at his wedding in Delhi in 1939) - he attended India's independence celebrations - he witnessed some of the partition violence - and in the novel Train to Pakistan, he was among the first to bear witness in literary form to the rupture and trauma of Partition.
I spoke to Khushwant Singh in December 1996 about his memories of 1947. He was a marvellous raconteur, and spoke tellingly about seeing Lahore going up in flames, and his sense of guilt at not being able to do anything to prevent the communal carnage.
He travelled by road in early August 1947 out of what was about to become Pakistan. As he was approaching Delhi, he came across a group of armed Sikhs who spoke chillingly about eliminating Muslims in their area.
Train to Pakistan, Khushwant Singh told me, was set in a village - in the novel he called it Mano Majra - close to Lahore which he used to visit as a lawyer when he was representing in a murder case. 'It was a very enchanting village, largely Sikh owned with a few Muslim families. And that gave me the characters, the description of the village, and I located it along the river bank'. He talked of the models for the magistrate and for the communist in the novel (this latter was Danial Latifi, who I also interviewed). The central figure, he said, was 'based on my own Sikh servant, a boy of eighteen or nineteen, a very strapping young fellow, who couldn't care a damn about Pakistan'.
And he spoke tellingly of his approach to writing the novel: 'I deliberately made myself into a pro-Muslim, because I thought all this had come about because of the venom we storied in our bodies against Muslims.'
Khushwant Singh, February 1915 - March 2014 - photo from Penguin India website
Partition Voices: Khorshed Italia
Photo: Rosalind Miller
Of all the interviews with people who lived through Partition, it's the memories of a friend's mother which I recall most acutely. This photograph is of my friend Shernaz (Shenny) Italia and her mother Khorshed Italia (nee Mehta). Mrs Italia lived almost all her life in a top floor flat in Connaught Place in the centre of Delhi. In 1947, she was a volunteer worker at Lady Hardinge Hospital, helping women refugees as they flooded in from Punjab, many of them alone and in profound shock. That interview is a deeply moving account of the trauma of Partition, and the violence inflicted on the region's women - and also an uplifting story of the way in which some found the strength to help those most in need.
I have deposited the recordings and some transcripts of my Partition interviews at the archive of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. There have been three deposits, the first two are briefly described here (scroll down). I have posted below over five pages a very basic listing of the contents of the first deposit - the full listing including partial transcripts runs to 334 pages and is held along with the tapes at SOAS. The second deposit in 2000 was much smaller - and the listing is also posted below. SOAS has a much more detailed 36 page list and transcripts of these recordings. The final deposit, made in 2009, is posted at the end of this page, and SOAS holds 255 page list with transcripts of these interviews and items.
Amrita Pritam captured in the poem 'An Ode to Waris Shah the suffering of Punjabi women at the time of Partition. I interviewed her in Delhi in May 1997 - she talked about writing that poem on a train journey from Lahore to Dehra Dun in the aftermath of Partition. She also spoke of the women abducted at Partition and of the children they bore to unknown fathers. It was a short interview, just fifteen minutes, but powerful and deeply emotional. 'I'm sorry, it is so painful to remember', she declared.
Amrita Pritam in 1948
In the radio series for which I interviewed Amrita Pritam, the third programme 'The Tearing of the Veil' begins with extracts from this conversation along with a musical rendition . The audio of that series is available elsewhere on this site. Amritra Pritam died in 2005 at the age of 86.
Partition Voices: Shingara Singh
Photo: Rosalind Miller
Another unsettling Partition interview - for a very different reason. Shingara Singh was one of a handful of people I spoke to who showed no remorse for the violence he had perpetrated in 1947. He lived in Sultanwind, a village on the outskirts of Amritsar in Indian Punjab. He was a Jat Sikh, an old style patriarch, as Rosalind Miller's photograph shows - taken at the time of the interview in 1997. When we came to talk to him (I was accompanied by Asit Jolly who arranged the interview and translated to and from Punjabi) he was sitting in a charpoi in a wheat field he owned in the nearby village of Rampura, overseeing a group of labourers who were fitting a new tube well.
By his own account, Shingara Singh was born at the close of the nineteenth century, and was already engaged to be married at the time of the Jalianwala Bagh massacre in Amritrsar in 1919. When he died in June 2009, he was described as the last survivor of the massacre.
The interview I have posted here includes Shingara Singh's memories of Jalianawala Bagh, but the focus is on the anti-Muslim gang he was involved in at Partition, 'the crows'. He told me he had kept the best of his swords from that time, but they had been taken away in a police raid - it seems that some of Shingara Singh's extended family were caught up in the Khalistan movement.
Partition Voices: Gopal 'Patha' Mukherjee
Gopal Mukherjee - photo from wikipedia
Gopal 'Patha' Mukherjee was a goonda, a thug, who was part of Calcutta's underworld. He was also, in 1946-47, one of the key figures in the communal violence and retaliation which tore the city apart. By the time I met him in 1997 - accompanied by Nazes Afroz, who also translated to and from Bengali - he was old and frail, and by his own account aged 83. He died a few years later.
He had a house near Wellington Square, and we met in an adjoining room, which also served as a clinic for Mukherjee's rather grandly named NGO, the National Relief Centre for Destitutes. On the walls were garlanded black-and-white photos of Bengal's finest, but the commanding feature of the room was a life size model of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in uniform.
Mukherjee, a Hindu, talked openly about his role in street violence at the time of Partition, and was proud of refusing to surrender any weapons to Gandhi. He explained that his nickname of 'Patha', goat, came from the family meat shop on College Street.
I wrote a newspaper article back in 1997 based on my interviews with Mukherjee and others who lived through the Great Calcutta Killings of 1946 - it's available on the web - and there's also a wiki article about Gopal 'Patha' Mukherjee, which has further references.
There's an entry on him in Suranjan Das and Jayanata K. Ray, The Goondas: towards a reconstruction of the Calcutta underworld (Calcutta, 1996), which says of him: 'Gopal was 5 feet 4 inches in height, wore long hairs like ladies, sported a moustache and long beards. He was a leader of leaders in the underworld. Gopal organised a big Resistance Group during the communal riot of 1946. Subsequently, during the 1950s, he and his underlings committed a large number of crimes, including dacoities. ...'
Partition Voices: Inder Kumar Gujral
I.K. Gujral (1919-2012) was India's Prime Minister, and twice served as foreign minister. He was a kind and thoughtful politician, his dove-ish views of relations with Pakistan forged by his painful personal experience of Partition. 'It makes me more human and it makes me more compassionate. And it makes me look at people in Pakistan as kin and not as enemies.'
I interviewed him in March 1997, while he was foreign minister, about his memories of Partition. He was brought up in Jhelum, which became part of Pakistan, into a nationalist family and was active in politics even before he reached his teens. In the course of 1947, he was in Lahore and later Karachi. He attended meetings of Pakistan's Constituent Assembly, of which his father was a member, and on Pakistan's independence day saw Jinnah and Mountbatten in procession through Karachi.
An upsurge of rioting in Karachi prompted the family to move to Delhi. His father was involved in helping retrieve abducted women. At least one child in his extended family was lost amid the Partition mayhem - but survived, and crossed over to India many years later. Mark Tully's obituary of I.K. Gujral in the Guardian is an excellent introduction to his life and career.
I have also posted the radio series India: a people partitioned which prompted me to record memories of those who lived through Partition and includes the voices of many of those I interviewed.
Partition Voices - 1
INDIA: A PEOPLE PARTITIONED a guide to the interview tapes: 83 audio cassettes The original audio cassettes are deposited at the SOAS archive, as mentioned above, along with notes, and partial and abridged transcripts of the interviews running to more than 300 pages. The content has been made digitally available: here's the link.
TAPE SIDE DATE INTERVIEWEES MAIN TOPICS
1 A+B 17 Feb 1995 M. Farooqui Communist Party 2 A 17 June 1995 Alys Faiz Partition violence; Faiz Faiz: Audio posted 3 A 22 Sept 1995 Danial Latifi Communist Party; Muslim League B 23 Dec 1996 Danial Latifi (later i/v) Jinnah; Muslim League; Communism 4 B Danial Latifi (cont) Telangana uprising
RECORDINGS IN PAKISTAN 5 A+B 11 Oct 1995 Alys Faiz Communism; Partition; Faiz Faiz 2: Audio posted 6 A 25 Sept 1995 Nasreen Azhar Violence in Simla B 26 Sept 1995 Mushahid Hussain Pakistan's view of partition 7 A+B 1 Oct 1995 Jamaluddin Naqvi Communism; Pak left; muhajirs 8 A 11 Oct 1995 Amjad Hussain Lahore
9 A 15 Nov 1995 Gopal Das Khosla Lahore; independence day; Netaji 10 A 2 Feb 1996 Satyindra Singh Bombay naval mutiny; Sikhs 11 A 4 July 1996 Ram Advani Lahore; refugees Ram Advani: audio posted B 2 Jan 1997 Danial Latifi 'Train to Pakistan'; communism 12 A 5 July 1996 Shantanu Ray Great Calcutta Killing 13 A 5 July 1996 Shantanu Ray Great Calcutta Killing 14 A+B 11 July 1996 M.M. Khanna Army; Kashmir conflict 15 A+B 1 Aug 1996 Quarrutulain Hyder Escaping Dehra Dun; new Pakistan 16 A 14 Aug 1996 Kuldip Nayar Fleeing Pakistan Nayar Aug 96: Audio posted 17 A+B 9 Sept 1996 Bhisham Sahni Well deaths; refugee trains; independence Sahni: Audio and transcript posted 18 A 16 Oct 1996 Ashok Mitra East Bengal; Jinnah; language movement 19 A 29 Oct 1996 Kuldip Nayar Refugees on the move; Jinnah Nayar Oct 96: Audio posted
RECORDINGS AT AND AROUND THE BORDER 20 A 5 Nov 1996 Recordings at Wagah Border 5 Nov 1996 Kuldip Nayar Partition refugee experience Nayar Nov 96: Audio posted B 7 Nov 1996 Recordings at Sialkot Kuldip Nayar 21 A 8 Nov 1996 Arif Nizami Kuldip Nayar
22 A 11 Dec 1996 Jack Jacob Bangladesh War B 13 Dec 1996 Shashi Bhushan Bihar 23 A 20 Dec 1996 Nusli Wadia Jinnah B 20 Dec 1996 Recordings at Bombay Jinnah 24 A+B 30 Dec 1996 Khushwant Singh Lahore; Jinnah; independence Khushwant Singh: Audio posted
RECORDINGS IN KARACHI 25 B Temple recordings Karachi Hindus B+A Khubchand Bhatia Karachi hindus 26 A Niaz Ahmed Madani Muhajirs B Wedding recption Divided families 27 A Ghazi Salahuddin Muhajirs; Pakistani identity B Ishtiaq Azhar Muhajirs 28 A Ishtiaq Azhar (cont) Migration from India A+B Abdus Sattar Afghani Karachi; Pakistan's nation building B Babar Ayaz Muhajirs
29 A+B Krishna Baldev Vaid Dinga riots Vaid: Audio and transcript posted 30 A+B K.R. Malkani Sindh; RSS; refugees 31 A+B Khorshed Italia Rape victims; Delhi riots Italia: Audio posted 32 A+B Sailen Chatterjee Gandhi; Noakhali; Calcutta 33 A Sheela Sahni Refugee resettlement B Saroj Pachauri Rawalpindi 34 A Shanti Sehgal Fleeing from west Punjab 35 A Edward Behr Peshawar rioting; Pathans; army Behr: Audio posted B Abid Zaidi Delhi Muslims; refugees 36 A+B Harbahksh Singh Fighting in Kashmir; army
RECORDINGS IN INDIAN KASHMIR 37 A Jamma Masjid recordings Kashmir A+B Soofi Ghulam Moh'd Kashmir B G.M. Sherwani Kashmir raiders B Inayatullah Muslim League 38 A Inayatullah (cont) Kashmir; tribal raiders; Jinnah B Sister Emilia Kashmir raiders B Noor Mohammed Kashmir 39 A Ghulam Mohuddin Kashmir A+B Abdul Ghani Lone Kashmir; Sheikh Abdullah B Mohammed Amin Kashmir
40 A L.K. Advani Karachi; Sindh; partition legacy 41 A Ajit Bhattacharjea Kashmir airlift; Sheikh Abdullah B H.S. Surjeet Punjab; Communist Party; refugees Surjeet: Audio posted 42 A Sahabzada Yaqub Khan Army; founding Pakistan; Jinnah; Nehru B I.K. Gujral Punjab; Lahore; women; legacy of partition Gujral: Audio posted
RECORDINGS IN INDIAN PUNJAB 43 A A.C. Jolly Punjab; partition violence A H.S. Puri Lahore; trains; partition violence A Rajeshwari Jolly Gurdaspur; abducted women A Mrs Hardeep Puri Amritsar B B.L. Dutt Lahore; RSS; women B Brig. Dhillon Lahore; refugee convoys 44 A Brig. Dhillon (cont) Retrieving abducted women A A.S. Bakshi Refugee convoys; violence B Mrs A. Bakshi Amritsar B Virender Mendiratta Lahore B P.S. Narang Refugee life B Veena Kumari Refugees in east Punjab 45 A Gurdial Singh Policing Lahore; Amritsar; refugees A+B Sarla Agnihotri Refugee convoys 46 A Kharaiti Lal Retrieving abducted women A H.S. Nirman Faridkot B Jamsher village East Punjabi Muslims 47 A Dadwal village Partition violence; harijans A + B Gandhi Vanita Ashram Women; partition violence 48 A M.S. Nirankari Amritsar; trains A Shingara Singh Anti-Muslim violence Shingara Singh: Audio posted B Amritsar recordings Refugee resettlement B Gandhi Vanita Ashram Women 49 A Malar Kotla recordings Muslims in East Punjab 50 A Yashpaul Vaid Dinga riots
RECORDINGS IN LUCKNOW AND MAHMUDABAD 51 A Aizaz Rasul Muslim League; Jinnah; migration; UP B Danish Mahal recording Urdu B Muzaffar Ali Lucknow culture; Urdu 52 A Shakeel Ahmed UP Muslims A Akhtar Jehan Urdu: UP Muslims 52 A + B S.M. Jaffar Congress Muslims; Muslim League B Madeen Mian UP Muslims 53 A Madeen Mian (cont) UP Muslims A + B Mahmudabad recordings UP Muslims; migration; divided families 54 A + B Mahmudabad (cont) Divided families; effects of partition B Aizaz Rasul Muslims and partition
55 A Ved Marwah Peshawar B Urvashi Butalia Women 56 A Abdul Jabbar Divided families
RECORDINGS IN PAKISTAN 57 A Sardar Qayum Kashmir fighting; tribal raiders B H.K. Burki Lahore; leaving east Punjab; muhajirs 58 A Altaf Gauhar Lahore; Muslim identity B Zawwar Zaidi UP Muslim League; Jinnah 59 A Thoha Khalsa recordings Well deaths A + B Dinga recordings Dinga riot; Hindus in west Punjab 60 A Fahim Mazhar Amrita Pritam A + B I.A. Rehman Aligarh; violence in Haryana B Rao Abid Hamid UP; Pakistani identity; Pakistan army 61 A Nighat Said Khan Violence against women A + B Alipur Sayyaidam rec Partition riots 62 A + B Maskhoor Hussein Surviving partition massacre B Zakia Hamid Jalal Manto 63 A + B Lahore recordings Refugees; divided families B Jaffar Hasan Migration; divided families
RECORDINGS IN BANGLADESH 64 A C.R. Dutta Minorities; migration A Teddy Rozario Great Calcutta Killing B Arun Dutta Gupta Noakhali B Chatkhil recordings Noakhali riots; Gandhi 65 A + B Chatkhil rec (cont) Noakhali riots; Gandhi; migration B Neezbaur recordings Gandhi in Noakhali 66 A + B Gandhi Ashram, Jayag Gandhi; Noakhali riots B Gopalpur recordings Great Calcutta Killing; Noakhali 67 A Gopalpur rec (cont) Noakhali riots; east Bengali Hindus B M.A. Chowdhury Gandhi in Noakhali B Paral Guha Noakhali riots 68 A Paral Guha (cont) Noakhali riots A + B Kalim Sharifi Communists; Great Calcutta Killing B Abol Hussain Great Calcuuta Killing; Bangladesh 69 A + B Salahuddin Ahmed Calcutta; Noakhali; Gandhi; Jinnah B Hamida Khan Great Calcutta Killing B Shaukat Osman Legacy of partition 70 A G.G. Ajmiri Calcutta; Muslim League A + B Badruddin Umar Great Calcutta Killing B Afifa Haq Social work in Calcutta B Lyla Murshed Divided Bengal 71 A Jahanara Karim Great Calcutta Killing B Nazimuddin Hashim Great Calcutta Killing
RECORDINGS IN CALCUTTA 72 A S.K. Bhatacharjee Calcutta; police; criminal gangs A + B Jugal Ghosh Calcutta; criminal gangs; Gandhi 73 A Sisir Mitra Calcutta; Communists; trade unions B Abdul Mannan Calcutta; Communists B J.N. Bannerjee Calcutta; police; criminal gangs 74 A Ashoka Gupta Noakhali; Gandhi; women Gupta: audio posted B Sheila Sen Gupta Retrieving abducted women Sengupta: audio posted B Gopal Mukherjee Calcutta; criminal gangs 75 A + B Gopal Mukherjee (cont) Calcutta; criminal gangs; Gandhi Mukherjee: audio posted B Ajit Bose Calcutta; Communists; trade unions 76 A Rashid ul-Hussain Great Calcutta Killing B Annada Shankar Ray Dividing Bengal Ray: audio posted B Jolly Kaul Calcutta; Communists; trade unions Kaul: audio posted 77 A + B Jadavpur recordings Migration; refugees; divided Bengal
78 A Farooq Abdullah Kashmir; Sheikh Abdullah B Karan Singh Kashmir; accession to India 79 A Anusuya Das Lahore; Delhi refugee camps B Amrita Pritam Lahore; women of Punjab; abduction Pritam: Audio posted 80 A + B Bir Bahadur Singh Thoha Khalsa Bir Bahadur Singh: Audio posted A + B Bhola Singh Thoha Khalsa B Basant Kaur Thoha Khalsa 81 A Basant Kaur (cont) Thoha Khalsa Basant Kaur: Audio posted 82 A Urvashi Butalia Thoha Khalsa A + B T. Khalsa memorial mtg Thoha Khalsa; Sikhs 83 A + B Sheila Sen Gupta Retrieving abducted women; Bengal Sengupta 2: audio posted
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INDIA: A PEOPLE PARTITIONED a guide to the additional interview tapes: a further 6 audio cassettes
The original audio cassettes are deposited at the SOAS archive, as mentioned above, along with notes, and partial and abridged transcripts.
84 A Benazir Bhutto Ind-Pak relations Bhutto: audio posted 85 A Umar Farooq Kashmir conflict 86 A Niaz Naik Ind-Pak relations A Abdullah Muntazer Kashmir militancy B General K.M. Arif Ind-Pak relations 87 A Tanvir Ahmed Khan Ind-Pak relations B Roedad Khan Ind-Pak relations 88 A Recordings at Muridke Kashmir militancy B Sanjeev Sharma Kandahar hijack 89 A I.K. Gujral Ind-Pak relations A Shekhar Gupta Lahore process A Bharat Verma Ind-Pak relations
Deposited at the S.O.A.S. archive in London by Andrew Whitehead in May 2009
Available for consultation from 1st May 2012, or earlier than that date with the express written consent of Andrew Whitehead email@example.com
In 1997, I compiled and presented a series of five radio programmes on the BBC World Service entitled ‘India: a people partitioned’. This was a social and oral history of the trauma of Partition as experienced by those across south Asia, and I was in the privileged position to be able to travel widely to conduct interviews and gather material. I deposited in the SOAS archive 83 audio cassettes of interviews, along with partial transcripts and notes and copies of the programmes as broadcast.
The series was repeated in 2000, and to update the last programme in the series I conducted several further interviews and six more cassettes, numbered sequentially (that is, tapes 84 to 89), were also deposited at SOAS.
I am delighted by the use that has been made of this resource, most notably by Yasmin Khan in her book The Great Partition.
This further deposit consists of 47 audio CDs with further interview material relating to Partition and to events in Kashmir in 1947. These fall into three categories:
·a few interviews conducted in the 1990s which, for whatever reason, were not included in earlier deposits ·interviews relating to the invasion of Kashmir in October 1947 conducted as part of the research for my book A Mission in Kashmir which was published in India by Viking Penguin in November 2007. Some of this material was also used in a Radio 4 programme ‘An Incident in Kashmir’ which is also included in the deposit. ·a late burst of interviews conducted in 2006-7 while living in Delhi with those with first-hand memories of Partition, with a ‘Partition Voices’ book and project in mind
There are also a few interviews conducted since moving back to Britain in the summer of 2007.
In all cases, those interviewed knew that their words were likely to be in the public domain. There was no concealed recording and no concealed purpose. Some interviews were conducted on my behalf by colleagues, and I would like to acknowledge their kindness and professionalism. In all such cases, the name of the interviewer is included in the notes that follow.
Most of the transcripts were made by me to help in the making of programmes and the writing of my book on Kashmir. They are not flawless, and they should not be takes as a full and authoritative record.
I am happy for brief written extracts from these interviews, that is up to 50 words, to be published subject only to proper acknowledgement. The publication of longer extracts, or the broadcast in any form (including on the internet) of any of the audio on these CDs, requires my advance written approval. Copyright of the radio programme included in this deposit rests of course with the BBC.
Andrew WhiteheadLondon, May 2009
CD-1 Anima Dasgupta
Anima Dasgupta speaking at the London home of her friend Ralph Russell about memories of Communist activism in Bihar and Calcutta during the Ranadive period of the 1940s. Recorded London, 24 June 1992 - 17:41 Audio posted
CD-2Sir Peter Scott
Sir Peter Scott on working at the Viceroy's office 1946-7. Recorded by Clare Jenkins. Recorded U.K., 22 July 1996 - 45:24 Audio posted
CD-3Sir Ian Scott
Sir Ian Scott on working for the Viceroy in run up to independence. Recorded by Clare Jenkins Recorded Suffolk, 24 August 1996 - 46:26Audio posted
CD-4Mrs Kapoor and Mrs K. Tukraal
Mrs Kapoor and Mrs K. Tukraal in Hindi on personal memories of 47 Recorded by Anuradha Awasthi in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, ? 1997 – 39:51
CD-5 Vishwanath Mathur
V. Mathur aged 85 (died June 2004), born Bihar, active in revolutionary groups in 30s, jailed in cellular jail in Andamans, became a communist there, founder member of CPI in Bihar in 39 (sd later spent 18 yrs in UK working for CPGB; still mbr of CPI) Recorded Delhi, 10 Sept 1998 – 53:17
Bapsi Sidhwa by phone on 'Ice Candy Man' and film version 'Earth' Recorded by phone 26 April 1999 – 6:28
CD-7Bapsi Sidhwa and Urvashi Butalia
Bapsi Sidhwa and Urvashi Butalia (both Delhi) in discussion with AW in London. This formed the basis for an abridged transcript published in History Workshop Journal, 50, 2000. Recorded 4 January 2000 – 29:06 Audio posted
Sam Manekshaw interviewed by Bhavna Kumar about his memories of Tom Dykes, a fellow officer in the 1930s Recorded Delhi, July 2000 – 32:33
Tom Dykes Jr interviewed by Bhavna Kumar about his memories of the attack on the Baramulla convent and his parents’ death Recorded Johannesburg, 22 January 2001 – 31:05
CD-10Sardar Abdul Qayum Khan
Sardar Abdul Qayum Khan talking about the current situation in Kashmir and his memories of and reflections on 1947 Recorded Muzaffarabad, 6 April 2001 – 27:46
Baramulla convent: Sisiter Emilia, Dr Melanie, , location recordings, and snatches of the Easter Sunday service in the mission chapel Recorded Baramulla, 15 April 2001- 38:21
CD-12 Frank Leeson
Frank Leeson his role in the evacuation of the Baramulla convent in Nov 1947 and more generally about the Frontier tribes and Kashmir Recorded Worthing, 20 June 2001- 45:44
CD-13Lt Col Patric Emerson
Lt Col Patric Emerson of the Indian Army Association on his memories of Kashmir in 47 Recorded Kingston, 31 Jan 2001 – 33:18
CD-14 Tom Dykes 2
Tom Dykes Jr interviewed at his brother's home outside London on his memories of the attack on the Baramulla conventand his parent’ death Recorded Dorking, 26 June 2001 – 20:23
CD-15General Stanley Menezes
General Stanley Menezes of the Indian Army interviewed at the National Army Museum about Baramulla and Kashmir in 1947 Recorded London, 5 October 2001 – 44:35
CD-16Father Gerry Dunne
Father Gerry Dunne on talking at St Joseph's College, Mill Hill - by Fr Shanks's grave, at the 'rogues' gallery' photo boards – mainly about Shanks Recorded Mill Hill, 19 April 2002 – 26:12
CD-17Major Ben and Marguerite Suter
Major Ben and Marguerite Suter on Tom and Biddy Dykes Recorded Surrey, 4 August 2002 – 49:54
CD-18 Brigadier Kuldip Chadha
Brigadier Kuldip Chadha talking about his service with the Frontier Force in Kashmir from 28 Oct 1947, supportive of 'Bogey' Sen Recorded Hounslow, 19 July 2002 – 32:21
CD-19 Angela Aranha
Angela Aranha (nee Barretto) interviewed by Charles Haviland about her memories of the attack on the Baramulla convent in which her father was killed Recorded Bangalore, 8 Feb 2003 – 1:00:53
D.N. Kaul a police officer in Srinagar in 1947 and a Kashmiri Pandit on policing and Kashmir in 1947 Recorded Delhi, 29 April 2003 – 37:12 Audio posted
CD-21 Karan Singh
Karan Singh was the teenaged crown prince in 1947 - talking about his memories of that time. Recorded Delhi, 29 April 2003 – 18:10 Audio posted
CD-22 Bali family
Anoop Singh Bali, Gunwant Kaur Bali (in Urdu) and Randir Singh Bali on Sikhs' experience of the 1947 invasion in Baramulla Recorded Baramulla, 1 May 2003 – 49:42 Audio and transcript posted
CD-23 Father Jim Borst
Father Jim Borst MHM on what he has heard about events in Baramulla in 1947 Recorded Srinagar, 1 May 2003- 10:10
CD-24Sheikh Ghulam Mohammed
Sheikh Ghulam Mohammed on childhood memories of the 1947 invasion Recorded Baramulla, 1 May 2003 – 22:10
CD-25 Mohammed Asadullah Malik
Malik in Urdu, in a village beyond Baramulla, talking about childhood memories of 1947 Recorded Zandfaran near Baramulla, 1 May 2003 – 14:20
Interview notes only.
CD-26 Farooq Abdullah
Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Minister and son of Sheikh Abdullah, on memories of 47 Recorded Srinagar, 1 May 2003 – 28:28
CD-27 Baramulla convent 2003/1
Sister Emilia; being shown round by a Keralite nun; location recordings; including a moving singing of grace by the nuns in the convent refectory Recorded Baramulla, 2 May 2003 – 1:08:59
CD-28 Baramulla convent 2003/2
Continued - with Sister Rosy Joseph on Sister Emilia and the events of October 1947 Recorded Baramulla, 2 May 2003 – 20:44
CD-29 Sardar Sherbaz Khan Mazari
Sherbaz Khan Mazari about going to support the 'liberation' of Kashmir only to find that the lashkar was looting and raping – simulrec, only answers audible Recorded phone simulrec to Karachi, 12 May 2003 – 16:30
CD-30 Khan Shah Afridi
Khan Shah Afridi talking in Pashto to Haroon Rashid about his role in the lashkar of 1947 - with Haroon's translation Recorded Mattni near Peshawar, May 2003- 14:59
CD-31 Leela Thompson
Leela Thompson, nee Pasricha, about Baramulla and Srinagar in the autumn of 1947 Recorded Boothbay Harbour, Maine, 12 October 2003- 1:14:45 Audio and transcript posted
CD-32 Inder Cheema
Inder Cheema on his childhood memories ofBaramulla - also involving a conversation with his mother, Leela Thompson Recorded Southport Island, Maine, 13 October 2003 – 19:53
CD-33Sat Paul Sahni
Sat Paul Sahni, a junior journalist in 47, on his memories of that time and the reporting of the Kashmir conflict Recorded Jammu, 27 March 2005- 1:15:17 Audio and transcript posted
CD-34 Harshi Anand
Mrs Harshi Anand, nee Kashyap, on Srinagar in 1947 as the raiders advanced, including the militia Recorded Delhi, 25 May 2005 – 19:03
CD-35 Francis Rath
Dr Francis Rath, a survivor of the raid on the Baramulla convent, talking about his memories of that and linked events Recorded Baramulla, 8 Sept 2006- 34:31 Audio and transcript posted
CD-36 Pran Nath Jalali
Pran Nath Jalali on Kashmir in 1947 - Quit Kashmir, pro-NC movement in Kashmir, role of Communists, and of the NC-aligned militia. Recorded Delhi, 30 March 2007 - 1:20:36Audio and transcript posted
CD-37 K.S. and Ayesha Duggal
The writer K.S. Duggal talking about Partition, his memories and its role in his writing - and his wife, Ayesha, talking about her time as a doctor working with abducted Muslim women in Jallandhar post-47 Recorded Delhi, 8 April 2007 – 43:49 Audio posted
CD-38 Raj and Indu Mahajan
Mrs Raj Mahajan, eldest daughter of M.C. Mahajan, and her own daughter Indu Mahajan talking about M.C. Mahajan and 1947 Recorded Delhi, 9 April 2007 – 33:59
CD-39 Pran Nath Jalali 2
More on role of CP in Kashmir nationalist movement, jail on independence day, militia, and identifying militia members in pamphlet photo. Recorded Delhi, 11 April 2007 – 35:23 Audio and transcript posted
CD-40 Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh
Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh, born in Lyallpur and in charge of the Ambala flying training station in 1947, on Partition. Audio and transcript posted
Recorded Delhi, 18 April 2007 – 36:44 Partial transcript.
Pran Chopra's personal memories of Partition and independence, including a brief visit to Kashmir and memories of the Bedis Recorded Delhi, 18 April 2007 – 34:22 Audio posted
CD-42 Krishna and Mohan Lal Misri
Krishna and Mohan Lal Misri talking about Srinagar in 47 and esp the NC militia and women's self-defence corps - and identifying people on Kashmir pamphlet cover. Recorded Faridabad, 26 May 2007 – 1:09:36
CD-43 Krishna and Mohan Lal Misri 2
A second interview with the Misris about Kashmir in 1947 Recorded Faridabad, 12 June 2007 – 30:37
CD-44 Betty Keyes
Betty Keyes, an Anglo-Indian, talking about her life and her personal incidental memories of Partition Recorded Calcutta, 1 June 2007- 25:25 Audio and partial posted
CD-45 Mahmooda Ahmed Ali Shah and Sajida Malik
Mehmooda Ahmed Ali Shah and Sajida Zameer Ahmed (nee Malik) talking about Kashmir in 47 and particularly the CP and women's self-defence corps. Recorded Srinagar, 18 June 2007 – 54:46 Audio and transcript posted
CD-46 Helen Baldwin
Helen Baldwin (nee Pratt) talking about time as armed forces welfare officer in Lahore, 1945-47 Recorded Bournemouth 28 July 2008 – 25:27 Audio and transcript posted
CD-47 Usha Khanna
Usha Khanna (nee Kashyap) about her personal memories of Kashmir in 47 and involvement in the left, its cultural front and the militia Recorded by phone to Mumbai, 31 August 2008 – 22:12Audio and transcript posted
CD of Radio 4 programme ‘An Incident in Kashmir’, compiled and presented by Andrew Whitehead – broadcast August 2003. Audio posted