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Freedom at Midnight

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Regarding partition, the book—providing maps of Punjab, Bengal, and Kashmir—relates that the crucial maps setting the boundary separating India and Pakistan were drawn that year by Cyril Radcliffe, who had not visited India before being appointed as the chairman of the Boundary Commission. Parcourez la librairie en ligne la plus vaste au monde et commencez dès aujourd'hui votre lecture sur le Web, votre tablette, votre téléphone ou un lecteur d'e-books. 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 ). Those of us on the scene at the time wondered if human ingenuity could possibly cope, and whether we should not, as the Muslims proposed, chuck the whole political onus back onto God.

After one year in a tank regiment, he was transferred to SHAPE headquarters to serve as an interpreter. A superb introduction to events which lead to the modern nation of India, but one should read other histories for some contradictory accounts. 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 pe 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 only Indian people worth praising are the corrupt Maharajas, who were put into place, forthe most part, by the Raj. Frankly, never has a single book amazed and intrigued me so much, while being so educative and informative.

Few of the people in the hall could talk to each other in their native language; their only common tongue was the English of the colonizers, whose rule was about to end. We also use them to help detect unauthorized access or activity that violate our terms of service, as well as to analyze site traffic and performance for our own site improvement efforts. 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".

It was a carefully elaborated christening present from Mountbatten and his staff to the Indian leaders, a guide to the awesome task that now lay before them. This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996.

The India represented by those men and women would be a nation of 275 million Hindus (70 million of them, a population almost twice the size of France, Untouchables); 50 million Moslems; seven million Christians; six million Sikhs; 100,000 Parsis; and 24,000 Jews, whose forebears had fled the destruction of Solomon’s Temple during the Babylonian exile. Freedom at Midnight' is a history book equivalent of 'In Which We Serve' a piece in which Mountbatten is centre stage as the last viceroy creating the new states of India and Pakistan and absolving both himself and the UK for the nightmare of bloodshed that Britain created. Their great weakness was the distance from which they exercised their authority, the terrible racial smugness setting them apart from those they ruled.The subtitle alone makes it difficult for me to rate this book as more then one star but what you must understand is that this book was in no small part the last and greatest of Lord Louis Mountbatten's monuments to his tireless self promotion. This urgency to finish the job as quickly as possible led to decisions that ripped apart the social fabric of the country, echoes of which are still heard in contemporary Indo-Pak relations. Amber Abbas’ review of “Prejudice and Pride: School Histories of the Freedom Struggle in India and Pakistan. My mind overflows with plethora of plot ideas and I pen them down to keep track of my thought process.

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