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Partition of India: My memories

19 August 2014 Last updated at 20:46 BST

In August 1947 India gained independence from the British and split into two separate countries - the secular state of India, dominated by Hindus, and Muslim Pakistan.

Millions of people were forced to leave their homes because of inter-religious violence.

Muslims trekked to Pakistan and Hindus travelled to India.

Kuldip Nayar was one of the many who had to make a desperate journey in search of safety. He spoke to Witness about his memories of that time.

Witness is a World Service radio programme of the stories of our times told by the people who were there.

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