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However he also often paints Mountbattion in a favourable light. They will unlikely be as informative or as interesting to read. Mountbatten obliged and, sort-of staying in background, administered in mil Just few days after, India officially got independence, the two spearheads of then Indian politics, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, visited the dominiqje Viceroy Lord Mountbatten, and requested him to take back his previous charge.

Trivia About Freedom at Midnight. I usually do not buy books, preferring to borrow anc a library.

Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight

I learned so much about Gandhi and the history of India. Gandhi almost single-handedly prevented similar communal violence in Calcutta. The lives of the young British officials stands as an example, enduring the harsh weather, and the problems of the “poor country”. At one point, the book talks of “millions of cattle who ate all the food that could have used to feed the Indian masses” but ignorantly decides to skip the tale of the famines caused dominjque the Raj, that killed more Indians than Jews killed by Hitler.

Gandhi is, of course, a central character. Sep 19, Venkateswaran rated it it was amazing. Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle with India.

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I see that the header here has failed to note that this book was written by a team of authors: Another fascinating aspect larrry this book is its characterization of Mahatma Gandhi, so real yet surreal at times. And he got his homeland. May 28, KO rated domniique did not dminique it Shelves: Ambedkar – one of the authors of the Constitution – also feared the fate of that community in an independent India and converted to Buddhism on his deathbed as an act of symbolic resistance to Hindu-majority rule.


From each side of their speeding car, the broad fields of sugar cane, wheat, paddy, flat as a man’s hand, ran down to a horizon so distant that it might seem the edge of the world.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And it ends with the assassination anx Gandhi. Aug 11, Nitish rated it it was amazing. And it ends with the assassination of Gand This is the first book I always recommend to anyone wanting to understand India better. I am happy at the generation I am living in, but after reading this book, it made me wonder whether I have missed the most epoch making time of my country, well any country for that matter.

Another chapter I remember is the lavish lifestyle of the Indian Maharajas. He became the Paris bureau chief inwhere he would work untiluntil he switched to writing books. I didn’t realize that part of the reason that Hindus hate Muslims so much is because many Muslims took up that religion because they were Hindu Untouchables who didn’t want to wait for the next life to have a little say-so in what happened to them.

One gets to know why this is the one deep blemish that has stained the minds of every subsequent generation on the both sides of the border.

I loved this book! Heck the authors go all the other way, and say that the British lost money during the Raj, and it was literally out of the goodness of their white hearts that the British ruled India. In Freedom at Midnight they do this superbly: Gandhi This is a great one-volume history of the final months of the Raj and the independence of India and Pakistan.

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Uploaded by oldgoodbooks on February 9, It was very upsetting in part, graphic descriptions of the violence. Beautifully written to make stories from around the period of independence sound like a collection of creative short stories.

Everywhere, squatting on their haunches, faded saris clutched to their shoulders, bangles clanking on their bare arms, the women tended those fires, fussing adn the chapaties and channa they were cooking, stoking them midnihgt the found flat patties of dried dung that fueled them, the last of the many gifts of India’s sacred cows.

On the theme of partition, the book relates that the crucial maps setting the boundary separating India and Pakistan were drawn that year by Cyril Radcliffewho had not visited India before being appointed as the chairman of the Boundary Commission. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In that course, of course the book feels rfeedom slanted towards eulogizing Lord Mountbatten, but show me a history book that is not biased at all. It’s almo Oh goody, yet another book written through colonial tinted glasses. dominiqeu

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Ambedkar, self-appointed political leader of India’s dalit “untouchable” populations? The best bits were when the authors told a little interesting side-story about a specific person famous or not. Nothing is as it would seem to an outsider in India.