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Freedom at Midnight

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Through this piece, the author-duo have delved into some of the darker sides of the prominent figures of that era and the whole populace as a whole.

One day, while the Viceroy was constructing his Punjab Boundary Force, a Moslem woman attacked Gandhi for his opposition to partition. It was an international bestseller and any readers from outside the subcontinent are likely to get a very misleading picture. Here is the Prime Minister Clement Attlee meeting the coming Viceroy Mountbatten: “With his sallow complexion his indifferently trimmed mustache, his shapeless tweed suits, which seemed blissfully ignorant of a pressing iron's caress, the man waiting for Mountbatten exuded in his demeanour something of that gray and dreary city. The Reminiscences of The Nehru Age में इस घटना का जिक्र करते हुए लिखा है कि वी पी मेनन ने 4 सितम्बर 1947 को शिमला फोन किया तो था लेकिन नेहरू और पटेल को संज्ञान में न लेते हुए। यह भी लिखा है कि वी पी मेनन नेहरू के शुरुआती विरोधियों में से एक थे। खैर, फोन करने के बाद अलसुबह वह मथाई से मिले और निवेदन किया कि किसी तरह नेहरू को राजी करें। नेहरू और पटेल दोनों वी पी मेनन से इस बात पर सख्त नाराज थे, लेकिन अब चूंकि गवर्नर जनरल शिमला से चल चुके थे तो उनको दिल्ली पहुँचते ही उन्हें असमंजस में डालना उचित नही था। इस प्रकार तीनो के सम्मिलित प्रयास से प्रशाषनिक गतिविधियों में तेजी आई- Freedom at Midnight में इसका अकेला श्रेय लॉर्ड माउंटबैटन को देना कहां तक उचित है? You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.None of the seven was in even the remotest way prepared for the shock they encountered as they began to turn the pages of that document. The most astounding achievement of this book is that it rips out the aura of myths that have agglomerated around our political figures associated with the freedom movement, and humanizes each and every one of them, while being totally neutral, and being absolutely honest with the facts.

You are bound to bow in humility and fall in love with this mahatma, whether you have read good or bad or nothing about him before. Though it’s a history and a non-fiction, the authors have written it down so engagingly like a story with their casual writing style. This book gets high marks from many reviewers for its easy reading, and whilst there are some nice rhetorical flourishes, they become overused to the point of cliche (if I never see the words 'Queen Victoria's great-grandson' again it will be too soon). Hindu and Muslim ( written as 'Moslem' in the book) who not only molested and oppressed their counterparts blatantly but also killed each other with sadistic fury in their quest for independence ( Swaraj ).Their great weakness was the distance from which they exercised their authority, the terrible racial smugness setting them apart from those they ruled. The vermeil teapot set upon it gave off the delicious fragrance of the mixture flown twice a month from London by Fortnum and Mason.

The book provides a detailed account of the last year of the British Raj; the reactions of princely states towards independence, including descriptions of the colourful and extravagant lifestyles of the Indian princes; the partition of British India (into India and Pakistan) on religious grounds; and the bloodshed that followed. It had epitomized the Victorian ideal of India better than anything else -dark, plucky soldiers staunchly loyal to their distant empress, led by doughty young Englishmen, straight arrows all, steady under the Pathans’ fire, good at games, stern but devoted fathers to their men, chaps who could hold their liquor in the mess.The next morning those soldiers who had served under his command owed their lives to his last intervention on their behalf. Oh these stupid Indians, would they ever understand what mistake they have made my refusing the British rule? The lives of the young British officials stands as an example, enduring the harsh weather, and the problems of the "poor country". After that they spent four years in Jerusalem to reconstruct the birth of the State of Israel for the book O Jerusalem! Freedom at Midnight (1975) is a non-fiction book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre about the events around the Indian independence movement and partition.

I would recommend this book to all the Indians and Pakistanis to know about our shared emotional history. On the other hand, the authors were clearly Anglophiles enamored of the last British Viceroy in India, Lord Mountbatten. Page after page, it summarized in its dull bureaucratic jargon the appalling implications of their decision. But that amputation of “the greatest jewel in Our Crown” was in fact an operation of extraordinary difficulty, complication, time and emotion.Ahead of them lay a problem of a scope and on a scale no people had ever encountered before, a problem vast enough to beggar the most vivid imagination. It is fair to say that if India had not forced its freedom in 1947 the world would he a very different, and certainly even more troublesome, place than it is. Dieser Artikel weist folgende Merkmale auf: Altersentsprechend nachgedunkelte/saubere Seiten in fester Bindung.

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