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Azadi Aadhi Raat Ko     (HINDI)
Azadi Aadhi Raat Ko (HINDI)

Azadi Aadhi Raat Ko (HINDI)

by Dominique Lapierre

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Hind Pocket Books


9788121613569 - Year: 2013 - Pages: 496



Dominique Lapierre

Author: Dominique Lapierre
Larry Collins/Several Contributors
Publisher: Hind Pocket Books
Year: 2013
Language: Hindi
Pages: 496
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788121613569


In his Hindi translation of a popular book "Freedom at Midnight", the authors Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre describes events in the Indian independence movement in 1947/8, beginning with Lord Mountbatten of Burma's appointment as last viceroy of India, ending with Gandhi's death & funeral.

The authors, having interviewed many of those who were there, give a detailed account of the last year of British India, the princely states' reactions to independence (including descriptions of the Indian princes' extravagant lifestyles), the partition of the subcontinent on religious grounds & the following bloodshed. It also details events leading to the assassination of Gandhi, as well as the life & motives of British-educated Jawaharlal Nehru & Pakistani leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The book is a result of well researched events, which often are left out by other historians. F.i., the crucial maps setting the boundary separating India & Pakistan were drawn that year by Cyril Radcliffe. Radcliffe had never visited India before being appointed as Boundary Commission chair. The description of the very British-style summertime capital Shimla in the Himalayas & how supplies were carried up steep mountains by porters is interesting.

The book also explains the fury of both Hindus & Muslims, misled by communal leaders, during the partition, & the biggest mass slaughter in the history of India as millions were uprooted & tried to migrate laboriously by train, oxcart & on foot to new places designated for their particular religious group. Many fell victim to bandits & bloodthirsty religious extremists.

One incident is particularly terrifying: it describes a Lahore canal that ran with blood & floating bodies. A tragedy that befell a poor interfaith peasant couple is heartrending.

Controversial for its portrayal of British expatriates, native Indian rulers & members of India's 1st cabinet, it's told in casual style similar to the authors' previous Is Paris Burning? & O Jerusalem! Collins & Lapierre also wrote about their research with respect to Mountbatten, titled Mountbatten & the Partition of India. This book contains interviews with Mountbatten & a selection of papers he possessed.




A Race Destined to Govern and Subdue

Walk Alone, Walk Alone

Leave India to God

A Last Tattoo for the Dying Raj

An Old Man and his Shattered Dream

A Precious Little Place

Palaces and Tigers, Elephants and Jewels

A Day Cursed by the Stars

The Most Complex Divorce in History

We Will Always Remain Brothers

While the World slept

Oh Lovely Dawn of Freedom

Our People Have Gone Mad

The Greatest Migration in History

Kashmir – only Kashmir!

Two Brahmins from Poona

Let Gandhi Die

The Vengeance of Madanlal Pahwas

We Must Get Gandhi Before the Police Get Us

The Second Crucifixion


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