with A. Anwar, S. Maher & K. Puri / chaired by Paul Barclay
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As India underwent its traumatic partition, the province of Bengal was similarly divided along crude religious lines, split between India and Pakistan. 24 years on, the province then known as East Pakistan successfully launched the Bangladesh Liberation War, supported by Indian forces. British-Indian author Kavita Puri (Partition Voices), Pakistani journalist Sanam Maher (A Woman Like Her) and Bangladeshi author Arif Anwar (The Storm) reflect on the seismic, tragic ructions of their region’s history and their ongoing geopolitical impact.
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Arif Anwar was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and is now based in Toronto. He has worked on issues of poverty alleviation for BRAC, one of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations, and on public health for UNICEF Myanmar. The Storm is his first novel.
Sanam Maher is a journalist based in Karachi, Pakistan. For more than a decade, she has covered stories on Pakistan's art and culture, business, politics, religious minorities and women. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Caravan, Roads and Kingdoms and Buzzfeed. A Woman Like Her: The Short Life of Qandeel Baloch is her first book.
Kavita Puri works in BBC Current Affairs and is an award-winning TV executive producer and radio broadcaster. Her landmark three-part series Partition Voices for BBC Radio 4 won the Royal Historical Society's Radio and Podcast Award and its overall Public History Prize, and her critically acclaimed book of the same name was published in 2019. Kavita worked for many years at Newsnight and studied Law at Cambridge University.
Paul Barclay is a Walkley Award winning journalist and broadcaster with an appetite for ideas and in-depth analysis and discussion. Paul has produced countless stories over more than 20 years for an array of programs on virtually all ABC radio networks.