Friday, 11 August 2017

Partition: Legacy of the Line (including use of DNA testing)

Throughout August the BBC is marking the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, bringing to life the personal stories behind this historic event.

I watched the BBC documentary My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947 (part 1) last week.  It was a moving and at times disturbing story of how communities and were torn apart and families uprooted from their ancestral lands.

This coming Sunday (13 August) at 9pm BBC 2 Scotland will be broadcasting, Partition: Legacy of the Line

It follows Sanjeev Kohli and Aasmah Mir whose families settled in Scotland after 1947.  They explore the stories of individuals caught up in these momentous events, beginning with their own fathers who lived on opposite sides of the line of Partition in the Punjab.

The preview text for the programme highlights, 'As one of the strongest themes to emerge is that of difference, Sanjeev and Aasmah decide to take a DNA test to see just how genetically different they are from one another.'
Information about the programme can be found here

The DNA testing was undertaken with LivingDNA a British company.  The test can be ordered through this link: Order Living DNA test