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They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. My distaste for this book notwithstanding,I acknowledge that the authors possess good storytelling skills. 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. The book is over 500 pages long and covers only one year - there is no mistaking how high and how vast the stakes are as one works through it. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them.

Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, this book is still the best-selling account of Indian independence. You are bound to bow in humility and fall in love with this mahatma, whether you have read good or bad or nothing about him before. While a current reader does not expect a highly sympathetic and nuanced portrait of India from a book written three years before Edward Said’s Orientalism, and the rise of post-colonial studies, as a narrative with insight into the rush of daily life on the cusp of independence, it remains an enjoyable and exciting read.Cruelty and dimension; a land of past accomplishment and present concern, whose future was compromised by problems more taxing than those confronting any other assembly of humans on earth. But that amputation of “the greatest jewel in Our Crown” was in fact an operation of extraordinary difficulty, complication, time and emotion.

All pages of text are present, but they may include extensive notes and highlighting or be heavily stained. Even though the stone has been turned a hundred times before, Collins‐Lapierre will earnestly turn it again, revealing some small adverbial addendum to the vast historical tapestry, which is a phrase I offer them for their next adventure. India history, india, travel) A readable, intact copy that may have noticeable tears and wear to the spine.Even though I have some difference with the ideology of Gandhi, one cannot deny his efficiency in bringing out the peace at worst of situations. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

But I do not like the authors telling me that Simla is “a miniature Sussex hamlet,” when of all the earthly things Simla could be, a Sussex hamlet is not one of them. The authors use the mass communal slaughter that was taking place at the time as a device to keep the tension building. Partitioning the country was a massive job that the demagogues didn’t appreciate just how much work had to be done.

The authors interviewed many who were there during the events, including a focus on Lord Mountbatten of Burma. And I'm quite sure that the author would not be someone looking at some British aristocrat (or their Nehruvian acolytes) with swooning eyes. Also when the Punjab was split between India and Pakistan, there was the steady stream of 5 million Hindus and Sikh refugees travelling south mostly on foot and another approximately 5 million Moslems attempting to go north into Pakistan.

In this account, the British were “a race that God had destined” to rule the Indians, and therefore “naturally acquired” India. The authors delve deeply into orientalist lore to depict the exploits of the maharajas (princely rulers of various territories who had their sovereignty revoked upon independence in 1947 and their titles and privileges rescinded 25 years later), and are not shy about including salacious - often stomach-churning and horrifying - stories. India and Pakistan were both hard at work rewriting their own histories and much archival data was impossible to find. 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.It's probably the most easily readable book on the subject, which explains the insane amount of popularity it had enjoyed and still enjoys. This is the India of Jawaharlal Nehru, heart-broken by the tragedy of the country's division; of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, a Moslem who drank, ate pork and rarely entered a mosque, yet led 45 million Muslims to nationhood; of Gandhi, who stirred a subcontinent without raising his voice; of the last viceroy, Mountbatten, beseeched by the leaders of an independent India to take back the powers he'd just passed to them. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). Readers in Pakistan may find it particularly off-putting as it gives a very negative portrayal of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah and essentially is an argument against partition.

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