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They are represented here as isolated personages who hold the fate of the Indian people in their hands. The Moslem regiments in the areas which would fall to Pakistan offered similar banquets to their Sikh and Hindu comrades leaving for India. Because, they could’ve simply left the country without forming a proper assembly or a constitution, leaving behind all their responsibility to the newly formed nations but they didn’t do so and I completely admire Britishers for it. And amused I was with the arrogance with which the prose is written and the misrepresentation of history has been perpetrated through these pages. Indians - even Gandhi, at points - come off looking like a pretty debilitated bunch and certainly not fit for self-rule.

My distaste for this book notwithstanding,I acknowledge that the authors possess good storytelling skills. 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. There would have been no problem had we been dealing solely with the Congress Party of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Charlemagne was a direct ancestor; among his uncles and cousins were Kaiser Wilhelm II, Alfonso XIII of Spain, Ferdinand I of Rumania, Gustav VI of Sweden, Constantine I of Greece, Haakon VII of Norway and Alexander I of Yugoslavia.

The quartet of Jinnah, Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel ( Iron man of India), along with Lord Mountbatten were the decision-makers for India's fate, which, to the chagrin of all Hindu leaders, was a 'Partition'. This device frees Mountbatten and the British from the charge of poorly handling or rushing independence.

The sad demise of young Britishers who died in India has been subjected to all the love, but not a drop of ink been wasted for the millions of Indians, who died pleasing their "memsahibs". Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge. The people themselves are often lost in this depiction, appearing as faceless masses helplessly reacting to political machinations. Above all, it renders one of the bloodiest mismanagements in the history of mankind in such sepia-tinted prose that things look really romantic, or atmost tragic. The book, though very well written, fails to provide the real picture of the struggle and suffering that Indians went through and tries to, through the power of the peIf two brothers were living together in the same house and wanted to separate and live in two different houses, would you object? The authors misrepresent Indian women and their role in Indian society, the same way British empire had done so. Also when the Punjab was split between India and Pakistan, there was the steady stream of 5 million Hindus and Sikh refugees travelling south mostly on foot and another approximately 5 million Moslems attempting to go north into Pakistan. More recently Lapierre wrote CITY OF JOY (about Calcutta) and Larry Collins has written a number of thrillers published by HarperCollins (FALL FROM GRACE, MAZE and BLACK EAGLES). Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, this book is still the best-selling account of Indian independence.

I was totally unaware of the painfully and heart-ripping things that the country and it’s people has to undergo. I would say this book is a must-read for someone who wants to know about the events around the Partition; a reign that ruled India for decades and whose policies and governance can still be seen in our very country. India history, india, travel) A readable, intact copy that may have noticeable tears and wear to the spine. The authors have also pointed out the ground works done by the assassins of Mahatma Gandhi and the reasons and motive behind his assassination.Though it has been widely spoken by many Indians that the British Empire exploited the resources of India and other such colonial countries, it cannot be denied how responsible they were while transferring the power back to the native people. To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose. Ten million Indians were essentially nomads, engaged in such hereditary occupations as snake charmers, fortunetellers, jugglers, well-diggers, magicians, tightrope walkers, herb vendors-which kept them constantly moving from village to village. Sikh hordes roamed the countryside like bands of Apaches falling on Moslem villages or Moslem neighborhoods. The original Harper Brothers Company was established in New York City in 1817 and over the years published the works of Mark Twain, the Bronte Sisters, Thackeray, Dickens, John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

This sort of narrative history also contains drawbacks that limit our understanding of this important moment.

Super octavo hardcover (VG) in d/w (VG) ; all our specials have minimal description to keep listing them viable. The author however, succeeds because of the little incidents he manages to present in an engaging way. On the back was the message: “This is what has been happening to our Sikh and Hindu brothers and sisters at the hands of the Moslems when they take over. The Urdu of the deputies of the Punjab was read from right to left; the Hindi of their neighbors in the United Provinces from left to right. The authors have spoken about the Partition from an emotional perspective of a group of people who have been living as brothers and fought the British together for their freedom has to go separate ways after the Independence.

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