To Partition or not to Partition. Was that ever a serious question?

To Partition or not to Partition. Was that ever a serious question?

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Our take on Partition. In this storyboard I look at a few different ideas for a documentary. I pose a question and think how that question might be answered, and grade the ideas according to cost.

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  • Partition Post and What If's 
  • What about the 'Remainers'
  • What about those who committed atrocities?
  • Here we don't look at Partition itself, but at some issues AFTER partition. We also imagine what this region -and the world- might have been like if Partition had been averted. Also, we speculate, if and how, Partition might ever be reversed. 
  • What IF: the plan de-centralize power to states. United States of India
  • Here we describe life and difficulties faced be the Remainers. We use contemporary newspaper articles and/or interviews of families. Cost $$
  • Could it ever happen? Reversing of Partition
  • Did anyone ever punish people who committed atrocities in their own communities? Or did the killers just fade away? What did the police do? Look at contemporary newspaper articles and or interview people who know something. $$$ -might be more difficult. 
  • Partition Post and What If's  By Prof Robina Sidawell & Ash Nehmet Accompanying BBC program
  • How might the economy have been (South Korea was same GDP as Pakistan in 60's. Now a world of difference). How might peoples lives have been better? What dangers did a united India post to the west/ Britain? Would a United India been able to rescind the poison-wrapped-in-US$ which later came from Saudi? How might that have stopped/slowed Islamist Terrorism? Would women have been any better off?
  • This plan was interesting because it was agreed upon the usual villain (Jinnah) but opposed to by Nehru.  He opposed it because he wanted Soviet-like control of everything (something else which has turned out to have been a mistake). Obviously hypothetical.  We might get some academics to talk about what ifs. If the wars didn't happen, the military spending was largely diverted to infrastructure, education and health etc.    Cost $
  • Then you interview the maverick. The one person who wrote (an obscure) book a year earlier on HOW this could happen. That maverick is me. I actually did write something about 7 years ago. I will dig that out, revise it, expand it and put it out there.  I will be the dissenting voice and map out in a series of steps, how this MIGHT happen!
  • We get the views of a series of academics (probably the same ones used in the What If). Obviously the overwhelming view will be NO. And they will give a series of arguments why this will never happen. 
  • We write and publish book to accompany series, in advance.  So it will cover costs. Profits $$$

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