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Freedom at midnight

Larry Collins

Freedom at midnight

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Published by Granada in London .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Originally published, London : Collins, 1975.

StatementLarry Collins and Dominique Lapierre.
ContributionsLapierre, Dominique.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL17280912M
ISBN 100246115998
OCLC/WorldCa11173295

Mountbatten sought to leave the subcontinent with all the imperial dignity he could muster. Well, be rest assured that this book will end up ripping out each of those notions and burning them to cinders. Moslems wanted the Taj Mahal taken apart, and shipped to Pakistan. Quoting from the book:- So desperate was he to avoid partition that he was prepared for a Solomonic judgment. Second, they show little empathy for the Eastern concepts of reverence that locked the various factions into cycles of bloodshed; they consider sectarian rivalry as a mere cultural cover for self-interested gain.

Background[ edit ] The authors interviewed many who were there, including a focus on Lord Mountbatten of Burma. Everyone agreed that some decision had to be taken, and it had to be done quickly. The only common tongue, English. The facts are: by the end of the World War 11 the whole Indian Raj principle was no longer tenable; the Gandhi charisma and the Nehru logic, the mobilization of an enormous population into satyagroha, or passive resistance, could no longer be controlled by the spent force of the Empire, and, in fact, the game was up.

Mountbatten sought to leave the subcontinent with all the imperial dignity he could muster. Freedom at Midnight. The book is a must read for the people who crave for obscured facts in history or who are interested in viewing the Indian history from another perspective. Loads of talents lead by rulers of disunited club of independent states. It also touches upon other related aspects like, why he used to get massaged by female followers, why he used to walk hands on shoulders of the two girls Manu and Abha.


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Not at 7, feet under the Himalaya. Our experience is in the art of agitation, not administration. In fact the surprising fact is, even on the day of India's freedom, the India Pakistan boundary lines were not announced.

Most of the princely states wanted to get total independence, rather than going with Pakistan or India. As the Indian literature has always blamed the britishers for sowing the seed of parity between the major religious sects of India. Frankly, never has a single book amazed and intrigued me so much, while being so educative and informative.

Honestly speaking, not even the most lauding words of mine can do Very rarely comes a defining moment that changes history to the extent of being un-recognizable and very rarely comes a book that changes your life, perceptions and everything that you presumed to be true once and for all. Yet with much more confidence the book counteracts the activities of Britishers in India.

Population transfer took place in millions, and there was immense bloodshed. One incident quoted describes a canal in Lahore that ran with blood and floating bodies. Given Wavell's previous use of unorthodox measures in campaigns in the Middle East and Burma, why did he not attempt to attempt unorthodox political maneuvers?

It shows you in clear light, the real essence of being the father of a nation. Their subject is the end of the British Raj and the birth of indefiendent India and Pakistan.

Quoting from the book:- So desperate was he to avoid partition that he was prepared for a Solomonic judgment. In all, this book is a complete documentation of the Indian political imbroglio at the time of Partition, and the helpless struggle of Mahatma Gandhi to save his country from Partition and from the clutches of his political foe, Mohammed Ali Jinnahand Gandhi's final moments, which have been documented with frightful detail.

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.

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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.

Posted by. Even though I don't agree to his practices on this issue, his rationality behind it did make some sense, although it didn't look a practically possible thing to imbibe. The description of the partition gives chill down the spine. It was this fear that gave them a sense of protection when obeying the britishers on any ground.

Primary, it has focused on below few issues:- What led to partition? You can also buy get purchase Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins theme. None of them was wrong but alas none of them true too. What happened that led to partition despite some prominent leaders opposing it till the end.

Freedom at Midnight

This book is recommended for anyone interested in knowing our freedom fighters, freedom movement, the Raj, the Maharajas and the Mahatma very substantially, if not wholly or in full measure. It is probably too soon to say that India's democracy died untimely in its 28th year.

The book also touches upon one major aspect for which Gandhi ji is criticised heavily even now - his views on sexuality, and why he used to sleep on same bed with his 19 yr old great-niece "Manu".It is rare for me to read a non fiction.

But fortunately I chose a good book to read. Freedom at midnight, captures India on two occasions. One, her independence, one of the best moments in her history.

Two, the partition, probably the worst time in her history. Narration: The author has a distinct advantage which ironically is a disadvantage /5. () of world history in their book. Freedom at Midnight is possibly one of the most outrageously enthralling works of writing based on real events that I have ever sylvaindez.com book is an account of the year in context to the freedom of India from the British Raj.

It opens on New Year's Day. A look at the fallout from Britain's departure from India inwhen the land was distributed between India and Pakistan. FREEDOM AT MIDNIGHT Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre describes events in the Indian independence movement in /8, beginning with Lord Mountbatten of Burma's appointment as last viceroy of India, ending with Gandhi's death & funeral.

Freedom at Midnight is a panoramic spectacular of a book that reads more like sensational fiction than like history, even though it is all true.

The narrative is as lively, as informative and as richly detailed as a maharaja's palace. The New York Daily News - Judson Hand/5. Editions for Freedom at Midnight: (Paperback published in ), (Kindle Edition published in ), (Paperback), (Paper Cited by: