Author: Subhadra Sen GuptaPainter/Illustrator/Animator: Subhadra Sen Gupta/ Ravi RanjanPublisher: Penguin/PuffinYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 177ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143330523
It is one of the most exciting stories in history—the glorious tale of how the powerless, unarmed people of India came together to defy the mightiest empire in the world.The British Empire had tightened its noose around a country split by religion, class and caste. But when the people rallied under the tricoloured banner of freedom, it was with a power that stunned even the strongest. No one had seen such a revolution before. What was truly extraordinary was that India won her independence not through an armed uprising but by persistent, peaceful, non-violent protest. Ordinary men and women stood up against the might of the British Empire, valiantly facing police batons and guns. They marched singing of freedom and faced the hardships of prison. Bonfires of foreign cloth lit up the Non-cooperation movement. Thousands followed Mahatma Gandhi as he marched to Dandi. And a nation of millions held its breath proudly as Jawaharlal Nehru spoke of its tryst with destiny. Not long after, India inspired colonies across the world to stand up and demand independence. This is the story of Ahimsa, Satyagraha and Swaraj, of non-violence and the struggle for truth—all for the one thing that is most valuable to a people and to a nation: Freedom.
AcknowledgementsForeword: Going Back to 1850ONE MORNING IN MAY (1857-1885)From Loyal Soldiers to RebelsHow It All BeganThe Rebellion SpreadsMysterious ChappatisWhy the English WonA Mutiny or a War of Independence?*The Rising of the People*A GATHERING OF GENTLEMEN (1885 -1905)India Was ChangingLet Us MeetThe Indian National CongressDadabhai Naoroji and the Drain of Wealth*Men Who Loved India*TALKING OF SWARAJ (1905-1918)The Partition of BengalLal-Bal-PalGokhale and TilakAn Act and a Durbar*The Power of the Pen*TAKING ANOTHER PATH (1907-1918)The First RevolutionariesRevolutionaries AbroadThe Muslim LeagueHome Rule Leagues*Song of Freedom*A MAN FROM SOUTH AFRICAGandhiji and SatyagrahaGoing to ChamparanThe Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms of 1919The Rowlatt ActJallianwalla BaghGandhiji and the Congress*Bapu*PEACEFUL NON-COOPERATION (1920-1928)The Khilafat MovementWar without Violence Chauri ChauraSimon Go Back!The Battle of Bardoli*Women and freedom*IN A MILITANT MOOD (1922-1930)Revolution and MartyrdomRise of CommunalismRising Above Caste*Jinnah*WALKING TO DANDI (1929-1935)Poorna SwarajCivil Disobedience and Salt!The Dandi MarchGandhi-Irwin PactGandhiji in LondonGovernment of India Act of 1935*Planning a Satyagraha*A RULING PARTY (1937-1942)Indians in PowerThe Idea of PakistanIn the Princely StatesThe Second World WarCripps Comes Calling*A Royal Life*A LONG GOODBYE (1942-1950)Bharat ChhoroThe Azad Hind FaujAfter the War Cabinet MissionThe First National GovernmentA Divided NationThe Mahatma Leaves UsPatel and the PrincesThe Constitution of IndiaAfterword: Sahibs, Mems and ‘Koi Hai’Growing UpThe Pucca MemsahibThe Burra SahibsChhota Peg and MulligatawnyWhat Happened and WhenBooks to Read