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So basically it starts with the decision to “Quit India” — a decision made so suddenly and brazenly and devoid of conscience in its execution as to totally boggle the mind and we still bear the fruits today, witness what’s going on in Pakistan. It shows you what it meant to be one M. Views Read Edit View history. The book essentially is an argument against partition.

One the one hand, it will give the reader a profound sense of the tragedy of Indian partition upon independence in India and Pakistan were both hard at work This is a highly readable look at one pivotal year in the history of India: The authors interviewed many who were there, including a focus on Lord Mountbatten of Burma.

University of Cambridge Press. The best book ever written on the birth of Pakistan as a nation. For example, how the line of partition was actually drawn and by whom. Muslims intercept trainloads full of Hindus fleeing Pakistan and massacred the passengers.

The authors struggle with the very basic idea of why some brown people wanted independence, especially when the British were so benevolent and wise, and give up and just talk about it like it was just something which was happening, no hard feelings really, except against Jinnah. Be the first one to write a review. While numerous tomes have been written on the Indian freedom struggle, the popularity of Freedom at Midnight lies in its easy narrative flow which veers from the thrilling to the enlightening, sometimes poignant and ever-compelling style.


Every Indian has grown up on a staple of myths treedom legends associated with our freedom fighters.

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The detail of the reporting in “Freedom at Midnight” is astonishing. Paperbackpages. The writing is superb. He seemed the only major voice calling for the British to leave and was saddened about the slaughter he predicted partition would bring.

There are no reviews yet. 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.

I learnt a lot about the independence struggle that I didn’t know earlier. If you watch the movie Gandhi, and read this book, you have pretty much got the history of the time covered and a good understanding of the politics of the time. The narrative style of the book immerses readers in the visual landscape of the falling Raj and allows them to step into the minds of the great actors of this time.

Highly recommended to read if you are interested in British Raj, Indian partition and the massacre that followed, and of course the Indian Independence. Painstaking research usually results in unreadable material. Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle with India.

Aug 27, Lauren rated it it was amazing. Jun 04, Sandy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: View all 9 comments. It seems a terrible waste of life, the country is better of united as one. Jinnah does come off rather badly, but again, access to archival material was somewhat limited when the authors were penning this account, Jinnah himself was dead inand his personality meant that most of his thoughts were carried to the grave.

Trains arrived I’m leaving for India and this book was recommended to me.

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Perhaps because Mountbatton is one of the main source of this book, he has attained a status of a man who made everything possible without making any mistakes. The book gives a detailed account of the last year of the British Rajthe princely states’ reactions to independence including descriptions of the Indian princes’ colourful and extravagant lifestylesthe partition of British India into India and Pakistan on religious grounds, and the bloodshed that followed.

Mar 29, Pratik Rath rated it it was amazing. The way they have covered the whole period of Independence in over pages is commendable, considering the fact that they have covered almost all the important events. And I was actually pulling for the Muslims to have their own country. Sep 24, Cathy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: 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.

If you want to read something that really gets to the heart o Oh dear. Return to Book Page. Loving citizens who were once neighbours, turned larrh each other instantly. Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, this book is still the best-selling account of Indian independence. In that course, of course the book feels somehow slanted towards eulogizing Lord Mountbatten, but show me a history book that is not biased at all.

Ordering the other 2 books of the authors Recommended to people who love history. Interview with Professor Irfan Habib.

The ensuing riots are given a lot of space. There is a description of the British summertime capital Shimla in the Himalayas and how supplies were carried up steep mountains by porters each year.

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