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The thought that I knew the horrors of partition. If you want to read a romanticised hagiography of Mountbatten, or, if I’m being charitable, a version of the liberation of India as seen through Mountbatten’s eyes: Two, the partition, probably the worst time in her history.

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It opens with a full description of all the scriptural and other sacred referents involved in a Brahmin man heading out to the fields to take a dump in the early morning. This book gets high marks from many reviewers for its easy reading, and whilst there are some nice rhetorical flourishes, they become overused to the point of cliche if I never see frfedom words midmight Victoria’s great-grandson’ again it will be too soon.

No one listened to his warnings; Jinnah turned a deaf ear, Nehru-Patel duo were eager to see British go and rule an independent country; but all of them were in for a rude shock when rioting and killing on a large scale ensued as soon as Partition and independence were formally announced.

If one isn’t fond of non-fiction, I would suggest trying this one. 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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Ordering the other 2 books of the authors India and Pakistan were both hard at work This is a highly readable look at one pivotal year in the history of India: Mahatma Gandhi Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


I learnt a lot about the independence struggle that I didn’t know earlier. Oct 27, Sanjay Huilgol rated it really liked it. Interview with Professor Masood ul Hasan.

Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight

Trivia About Freedom at Midnight. As badly as things turned out, it’s hard to imagine anyone filling the role nearly as well as Mountbatten did.

The villain is Mohammed Jinnah, the father of Pakistan.

The lapierde have done plenty of primary research and interviewing with staff and family of other players, but there is no doubt that Mountbatten is front and center in this narrative and that the rfeedom occasionally veers towards hagiography.

Jinnah is demonized for his insistence on a separate Pakistan for the Moslems. Kash Gajjar Very much so. Many migrants fell victim to bandits and religious extremists of both dominant religions.

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Be the first one to write a review. Because of these limitations this book is a place to start, not the place to stop in any serious study of South Asia, but reviewers who have suggested that the authors are apologists for the British are dead wrong.

While liberated in his views on women in some respects, others like his views on rape– just lie back and take it, ladies. Apr 18, Hana rated it really liked it Shelves: The British, after ruling India in a paternalistic manner were impatient to leave and Mountbatten decided to make the partition occur in a single day in a rush to go home.

The loss of life is epic and extraordinary, and any who read it will quickly realize that members of all religious groups in this case, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus are capable of horrific violence, as well as heroic acts of self-sacrifice. Instead, they are depicted as contending with historical inevitabilities far more powerful than themselves.


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Want to Read saving…. Honestly speaking, not even the most lauding words of mine can do justic Very rarely comes a defining moment that changes history to the extent of being un-recognizable and very rarely comes a book that changes your life, perceptions and everything that you presumed to be true once and for all. Painstaking research usually results in unreadable material.

So on one side we have Mountbatten, working hard, inviting a few brown men to luncheons every now and then, working so hard, with hardly any help, just a few thousand servants, not much at all, and on on the other we have those spoilt little boys, Gandhi and Jinnah, needlessly talking about collinz and what not.

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It seems a terrible waste of life, the country is better of united as one. Perspective The perspective of this book is both fascinating and appalling. I didn’t realize that part of the reason that Hindus hate Muslims so much is because many Muslims took up that religion because they were Hindu Untouchables who didn’t want to wait for the next life to have a little say-so in what happened to them.

I see that the header here has failed to note that this book was written by a team of authors: Prime Minister Clement Atlee prevailed upon Mountbatten to superintend the end of Great Britain’s reign in India, and Mountbatten’s cousin the king added his support.