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The Hyderabad Massacre

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 24 September 2013

Using recently discovered documents, Mike Thomson investigates a largely forgotten massacre in independent India. It happened a year after the Partition violence and took place right in the heart of India, in the large state of Hyderabad. 30,000 people were killed. This was a time when the Muslim prince of Hyderabad was resisting integration with India and the Indian Army was sent in to overthrow his forces. When, a few months later, Prime Minister Nehru heard reports of massacres of thousands of Muslims by Hindus he commissioned a report to find out what had happened. That report was called The Sunderlal Report and it has been rarely seen by scholars since 1948. 'Document' has obtained a copy. Thomson shows it to historians of the period and hears from first hand witnesses as he pieces together the real story of the 'Hyderabad Massacre'.

Producer Neil McCarthy.


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