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Author: G D Khosla
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195624173
A survey of the events leading up to and following the partition of India.
First published in 1949 within the aftermath of the Partition, this book documents in great detail the riots, massacres, casualty figures, and political occurrences that added up to the division of India into two countries, India and Pakistan. It has, in the fifty years since its publication, become a well known source for historians.
The book's value lies in being a document of the events in 1946-7, as well as in carrying political and historiographical perspectives that are representative of the period and locale in which he work was written. As a first hand account based on both personal observation and he reports of a government Fact Finding Organization which recorded the horrifying stories of thousands of refugees, the narratives in these pages carries an immediacy, a documentary predilection and biases that are both interesting and unavailable in most later scholarship on the Independence/Partition period.
Written in a simple, gripping style - The Independent