The Spanish Flu was the biggest pandemic of the last century. Five hundred million people were affected and over 14 million people died in India, the worst affected country in the world. But apart from taking millions of lives and disrupting families, the Spanish Flu also had geopolitical repercussions, including on India’s freedom struggle.

In this episode of The Intersection, Padmaparna Ghosh and Samanth Subramanian learn about the Spanish’s Flu’s wide-ranging effects and how existing flus worldwide share properties with the dangerous 1918 strain.

Music: Josh Woodward

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