Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division

  • Title: Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division
  • Author: Patrick French
  • ISBN: 9780006550457
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • Liberty or Death India s Journey to Independence and Division At midnight on August Britain s year old Indian Empire cracked into three pieces The greatest mass migration in history began as Muslims fled north and Hindus fled south over a million
    At midnight on August 14, 1947, Britain s 350 year old Indian Empire cracked into three pieces The greatest mass migration in history began, as Muslims fled north and Hindus fled south, over a million being massacred on the way Britain s role as world power came to an end and the course of Asia s future was irrevocably set Patrick French offers a reinterpretation of theAt midnight on August 14, 1947, Britain s 350 year old Indian Empire cracked into three pieces The greatest mass migration in history began, as Muslims fled north and Hindus fled south, over a million being massacred on the way Britain s role as world power came to an end and the course of Asia s future was irrevocably set Patrick French offers a reinterpretation of the events surrounding India s independence and partition, including the disastrous mistakes made by politicians and the bizarre reasoning behind many of their decisions Exploring the interplay between characters such as Churchill, Mountbatten and Gandhi, it reveals a tale of idealism and manipulation, hope and tragedy With sources ranging from newly declassified secret documents to the memories of refugees, Patrick French gives an account of an epic debacle, the impact of which reverberates across Asia to this day.

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    About Patrick French


    1. Patrick French born 1966 is a British writer and historian, based in London He was educated at the University of Edinburgh where he studied English and American literature.French is the author of several books including Younghusband The Last Great Imperial Adventurer 1994 , a biography of Francis Younghusband, The World Is What It Is 2008 , an authorized biography of Nobel Laureate V.S Naipaul which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in the United States of America, and India A Portrait An intimate biography of 1.2 billion people 2010 During the 1992 general election, French was a Green Party candidate for Parliament He has sat on the executive committee of the Tibet Support Group UK, and was a founding member of the inter governmental India UK Round Table.


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    1. In 1946 Nehru told a journalist When the British go there will be no more communal trouble in India.In 1947 approximately one million people were slaughtered in a whirlpool of mutual hatred, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh against each other. The number of victims was never discovered. It was in everyone's interests to play down this Indian holocaust, because everyone was guilty, to one degree or another. And as Patrick French laconically observes,mutual genocide never attracts attention in the way that [...]

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    2. History is a dress-maker's dummy - the one writing of it chooses the cut of the cloth, the color, the drape, fit, ruffles and flounces to create a 'version' for the reader. And often, in the cutting and fitting of a garment to the acceptance of a readership, the original form and shape of the dummy is lostFrench, thankfully, is the kind of dressmaker who does not play with the drape and fit of his final garment and the result is a book that is candid, impartial and fact oriented and yet manages [...]

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    3. At first a little boring, it gathers momentum, as did the events leading up to 1947, the year of Indian independence and partition. It's very captivating to read about the details of political decisions of that time, which were to determine the lifes of millions of people, yet which were often breathtakingly wrong, largely due to the incompetence, immobility and disinterest of the British government. At times, all these miscommunications and personal vanities among politicians are hilarious (and [...]

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    4. A new insight to the last few months of India's Independence. Challenges faced by British officials, Indian Nationalists and most importantly the common people

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    5. An in depth analysis of the process of India`s independence from Britain. Dense and educational. The title `Liberty or Death` was a slogan borrowed by Indian freedom fighters and is a re-work of `Give me liberty, or give me death`, a phrase from the American War Of Independence. I am satisfied having chosen this book over others after doing a little research. It combines copious amounts of information with a very readable style and even a dash of humour now and then. A good choice for anyone wis [...]

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    6. A dense, informative timeline of the subcontinent's history - set up vividly through quotations. The book leaves you with a disturbing after taste of the carnage of 1947. There are many times you need to put it down to make sense of the world. In some parts the author's tone wasn't neutral. Some chapter titles were too abstract and not relevant. Odd choice of words here and there.

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    7. I am a student of history and a great lover of contemporary as well as modern indian history. The Book, Claimed by the author as based on facts and accounts released by intelligence and state department. But his derivations from the facts are too biased and sometimes self contradictory. I will not say much about his portrayal of Gandhi Ji as it is now a tailor-made tactics to get quick fame by defaming Gandhi ji for indian as well as international authors. Patrick defamed gandhi ji in very first [...]

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    8. Pretty much the best single volume introduction to India's independence movement written in English. Very accessible to the layperson and full of sharp insights at variance to the orthodox view of the period often put forward by nationalist historians.

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    9. Interestingly unemotional account of the independence movement. Great if you want factual historical account.

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