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CNN International Celebrates The 70th Indian Independence Day With Special ‘Birth Of 2 Nations’ Digital Series


As India and Pakistan celebrate their 70th year of independence, CNN International shines a spotlight on the two countries with special digital initiatives. The network’s ‘Birth of 2 Nations’ series examine young nations on the march through the prism of their history, politics, sports and cultural life.

Tapping into the power of CNNVR, the immersive journalism unit and virtual reality platform within CNN Digital, CNN will provide viewers an immersive experience of the Rashtrapati Bhavan with 360-degree footage of the presidential residence.

Speaking about the initiative, Marc Lourdes Director, CNN Digital Asia said, “We are delighted to be announcing our special digital initiatives as one of the world’s most vibrant democracies celebrates 70 years of its independence. The special campaign reaffirms our on-going commitment to India and bringing our global audiences compelling content from this vital and dynamic region.”

A special interactive on the ‘Memories of the Independence generation’ will look into the recollections of the last people to remember an undivided India. This will include commentary by Partition documentarians including Urvashi Butalia, Aanchal Malhotra, Rana Chhina and Mallika Ahluwalia. A digital feature will focus on the first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s famous ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech and how it is viewed by the youth today as well as older generations. ‘India in three generations’ an illustrated write by Indian cartoonist Arpan Roy, will look at India from the lens of his grandfather, father and himself.  A special digital piece will take viewers inside Burns Road in Karachi, where shopkeepers are the descendants of partition refugees, providing a slice of Delhi in Karachi by serving authentic Delhi food.

A special poll is being conducted on what an all-time “Subcontinent XI” cricket team would look like, spanning the greats from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Voting is open now on at and the results will be announced mid-September.

A series of opinion pieces by CNN talent will look back at India’s journey over the last 70 years and examine what could lie ahead over the next seven decades, Special galleries will take a look at the Indian independence movement in pictures including the powerful women of partition.

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