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Indian schoolchildren are silhouetted against a national flag as they participate in Independence Day celebrations in Chennai on Aug. 15, 2016. (Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
Indian schoolchildren are silhouetted against a national flag as they participate in Independence Day celebrations in Chennai on Aug. 15, 2016. (Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images)

India is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its independence from British colonial rule. BBC reporter Justin Rowlatt (@BBCJustinR) has an unusual — and troubling — connection to the independence movement.

Rowlatt tells Here & Now's Robin Young that in reporting on India's history, he had to confront the role his own great-grandfather played in colonial oppression.

This segment aired on August 15, 2017.

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