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Heroes and Heroines
Five people focus on their heroes and heroines of the last one hundred years.
Rajmohan Gandhi Father of India
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Rajmohan Gandhi, remembers a grandfather who as well as being the head of his family, was also the father of India. Mahatma Gandhi led a campaign of non violent protest to achieve independence. The act giving India self government came into force on August 15th 1947, bringing with it the partition of the country into India and Pakistan and months of civil unrest and violence. Rajmohan recalls events of that time culminating in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30th 1948.
Christina Alvarez Rodriguez Evita
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Christina Alvarez Rodriguez, Eva Peron’s grand niece tells of the childhood and rise to power of one of the world’s richest and most powerful women. The wife of General Juan Peron, President of Argentina, Eva Peron assumed absolute control alongside her husband in 1946, purging the unions and dispensing patronage with a driving ambition. She died of cancer in 1952 but her legend is immortalised on film and still cherished by many people in Argentina.
Hoda Abdel Nasser An Arab Nationalist
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Hoda Abdel Nasser, Professor of Political Science at Cairo University remembers her father and their family life. Gamal Abdel Nasser was President of Egypt from 1956 until his death in 1970 and is regarded as the most influential advocate of Arab unity in the 20th century. His prestige soared among the Arab States when Egypt retained control of the Suez canal in 1956 but Hoda believes that his true qualities, came to the fore during the 6 day war in 1967.
Robert MacNamara Remembering JFK
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Robert MacNamara Secretary of Defence to the Kennedy administration remembers the President at the time of the Cuban missile crisis and the private moments he shared with the Kennedy family. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated as president of the United States on January 20th 1961 pledging to introduce a programme of social reform at home and a foreign policy seeking to break the ‘vicious and dangerous cycle’ of the Cold War. He had scarcely 1000 days in office before he was assassinated on November 22nd 1963.
Jayne Fincher The People's Princess
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Jayne Fincher was the only woman photographer in the royal press corps which accompanied Diana, Princess of Wales on most of her royal tours. She shared off-duty moments with the Princess as she went about her work with charities and was also in Westminster Abbey on September 6th 1997 to photograph her funeral when a million people lined the streets of London to mourn the ‘People’s Princess’.
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