History Weekends 2019: Anita Anand

Anita Anand will be speaking about Udham Singh, a Sikh orphan radicalised in 1919 by the British massacre of unarmed civilians at Amritsar, at our 2019 History Weekend in Winchester

BBC History Magazine will host two History Weekends in 2019, one in Winchester and one in Chester.

Talk: The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge and the Raj

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Winchester: Sunday 3 November, 15.40–16.40



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Talk synopsis: The dramatic true story of a Udham Singh, a low caste Sikh orphan radicalised in 1919 by the British massacre of hundreds of innocent unarmed civilians in Punjab’s second city of Amritsar. This is a forensic account of a ferocious twenty-year campaign of revenge. Udham’s fulfilment of his vow would make him a hero to hundreds of millions in India, the subject of a cover up in a Britain, a poster boy for Goebbels and would spawn a classic legend.

Anita Anand. (© Sukhi Dhanda)
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Speaker bio: Anita Anand is a political journalist who has presented television and radio programmes on the BBC for 20 years. She currently presents Any Answers on Radio 4. She is the author of Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary and, with William Dalrymple, Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond. She lives with her husband and two children in London.