Indie Padda is a young Sikh from Sussex who has been on a journey to discover her roots as part of a new BBC series that will look back over the 60 years since the partition of India and Pakistan.
The partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 forced one of the largest mass migrations in world history: up to twelve million people were forced to leave their homes and more than a million died following the Partitioning of India.
After independence from colonial rule had been achieved, an Islamic State of Pakistan was created and a secular state of India. It meant that many Sikhs and Hindus living in what became Pakistan fled to India and many Muslims in India fled to Pakistan.
It's sixty years since Partition and the BBC is marking the anniversary with India & Pakistan 07" - a new season of programming looking at those countries following independence.
Indie Padda, from Crawley, is a Sikh teenager who has been with the BBC on that major journey. During her trip she has made diaries for the BBC Video Nation series - watch out for them on this site later - and also produced audio diaries which you will soon be able to hear on BBC Southern Counties Radio.
Shots from the Golden Temple - links in this page.
During partition, Indie's paternal grandmother fled from a village between Faisalabad and Shekhupura called Haripur. Their family was the only Sikh family in the village.
They were sheltered secretly by her father’s best friend, a Muslim called Noorah. Noorah said he’d try and get them to the border, but it was too dangerous and he delayed until he did eventually help them escape, but only a short way.
While they were living in secret – for around a month – people in the village got to hear they were there. People came to the house wanting to loot their possessions but Noorah’s family protected them.
last updated: 10/07/07