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The Road to Independence

Olie Hunter-Smart (C 96-01) speaks to the Royal Geographical Society

To enhance remote learning, College pupils on Thursday 14 January at 7:30pm shared in a Royal Geographical Society lecture. They heard the story from the film 'The Road to Independence' about India from OB Olie Hunter-Smart (C 96-01), who has explored the continent first hand. This was an opportunity which the Bradfield Society community could also share.

To discover more of the story of its independence, Olie Hunter-Smart takes on an immense challenge to walk the length of India - a 4,500km journey over seven months seeking out untold stories of Independence and Partition. 

Olie’s route takes him over gruelling snowy mountain passes high up in the Himalayas, battling intense heat in the northern plains, and being drenched to the bone by monsoon rains as he walks through the rural heartland of the country.

Following in Gandhi’s footsteps, Olie immerses himself in the culture, being invited in by so many of the wonderful people he encounters, recording shocking and heartfelt first-hand accounts of India’s struggle for freedom gained 70 years earlier.

The film is one hour long. Olie then took questions in a Q&A.


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