A young Muslim from Gloucester retraces the journey made by his family after Partition divided the Indian sub-continent into two separate nations 60 years ago.
Qasim Ahmed is an 18-year-old Muslim from Gloucester who recently travelled to India to retrace his family roots.
The trip was arranged by the BBC as part of 'India & Pakistan 07' - a season of programming marking 60 years of independence for both nations.
The project followed the progress of three teenagers from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh backgrounds as they retraced the upheavals experienced by their grandparents' and great-grandparents' generation during Partition in August 1947, when the Indian sub-continent was divided and the new Muslim state of Pakistan was created after independence from Britain in 1947.
The birth of the new nations sparked massive upheaval and violence. Millions of people were uprooted and forced to move across the new border. The relationship between Indian and Pakistan has been difficult ever since.
Qasim, who recently completed A levels at St Peter's School in Gloucester, spent a week in July 2007 in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. He spoke to BBC Radio Gloucestershire before and after his emotional journey of discovery, and also recorded audio and video diaries about his trip.
Qasim prepares to pray in Chahot
On his journey out, Qasim said: "I feel deeply that this land of India, that I was separated from because my relatives moved over, is my land as well.
"I feel deeply possessive of India, and I feel angry and bitter that my relatives had to move during Partition. I feel as if this country is a part of me as well as Pakistan."
Talking after his trip, Qasim said his visit to both the Indian and Pakistani sides of the Punjab had been an eye-opener.
"For once I felt I was seeing a real part of my heritage. I felt connected to that place.
'Same culture exists on both sides'
"Now I feel that I am a British Punjabi and there is really no such thing as being Pakistani or Indian. It's related to the culture and the region and I felt more at home there than I did in Pakistan.
"Having had the opportunity to visit both sides of the border I felt the same culture exists on both sides.
"But I am also happy that I am British, that I have this dual nationality, that I have lived here all my life."
The three teenagers' experiences are recounted in a TV documentary called Midnight's Grandchildren, broadcast on BBC Four on August 14 to mark the 60th anniversary of Partition, and a radio documentary, Divided By Faith, to be broadcast on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on Bank Holiday Monday August 27.
QASIM'S FAMILY AND HOW PARTITION AFFECTED THEM
Ahead of his trip Qasim carried out research to find out more about his personal family history. This is some of what he discovered:
last updated: 03/04/2008 at 15:45