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Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

Thursday 26 March 2015

1 Hour


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Well-known radio and television journalist and presenter Anita Anand tells the story of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh who forsook her Indian royal heritage to become a revolutionary and one of the heroines of the suffragette movement. Sophia was born to Maharajah Duleep Singh, heir to a huge territory that stretched from the Kashmir Valley to the Khyber Pass. The territory was plundered by the British and the Maharajah exiled to Britain. Sophia was raised a society lady and goddaughter to Queen Victoria. However, after a secret trip to India, she returned a revolutionary to fight for Indian independence, the welfare of Indian soldiers in World War I, and, above all, for the cause of female suffrage.

Anand has worked as a television and radio journalist for 20 years. She is presenter of Any Answers on Radio 4, is a former presenter of Drive, Doubletake and the Anita Anand Show on Radio 5 Live, and has also presented Saturday Live, The Westminster Hour, Beyond Westminster, Midweek and Woman’s Hour on Radio 4. She has presented The Daily Politics, The Sunday Politics and Newsnight on BBC television.

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