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He was certainly one of the giants of the 20th century.

Aug 27, Lauren rated it it was amazing. Towards the long side, but worth the time.

Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins

Indians – even Gandhi, at points – come off looking like a pretty debilitated bunch and certainly not fit for self-rule. One the one hand, it will give the reader a profound sense of the tragedy of Indian partition upon independence in And he’s the grandson of some queen or the other!

View all 9 comments. The book compresses the story to a tight one-year time frame. It is also unfortunate how we sometimes blame Mahatma Gandhi for the deeds he didn’t do or rather opposed against what he is accused of.

He inspired a calming presence during rioting. Feels like a TV series about that era. It is a poignant reminder of the defining moments of the end of the British Raj, the independence of million people, their division into India and the newly created Pakistan. He makes references to two nation theory which has already been set aside as inaccurate. Well, be rest assured that this book will end up ripping out each of those notions and burning them to cinders. The one Englishman who thought only the good of India and guided her journey.

I took this one from the library, but after reading it I ordered a copy for myself. To help us prevent spam submissions, please type the text in the image below:.

Think this is one book which every kid in the subcontinent should read before he finishes high school. Ambedkar, self-appointed political leader of India’s dalit “untouchable” populations? The thought that I knew the horrors of partition.


Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins Freedom At Midnight

This book is recommended for anyone interested in knowing our freedom fighters, freedom movement, the Raj, the Maharajas and the Mahatma very substantially, if not wholly or in full measure. Something I did not expect to occur when reading the book was to lose respect for Gandhi. 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: Paperbackpages.

The other facets of the Indian independence story like the Kashmir problem and the issue of princely states have also been dealt in a very detailed manner too and are wonderful read on their own accord themselves. The narrative style of the book immerses readers in the visual landscape of the falling Raj and allows them to step into the minds of the great actors of this time. Infact, it picks up the pace of a proper thriller once the assassination part kicks in.

He went back to Procter and Gamble and became the products manager of the new foods division in The significance lies in invoking the re-awakening of the Indian spirit. Mar 29, Pratik Rath rated it it was amazing. It is a work of scholarship, of investigation, research and of significance. But they have captured the times and the events thereof perfectly, in my opinion. This is a highly readable look at one pivotal year in the history of India: The target audience for the book seems to be people who want to be able to understand just enough of the British Raj to absolve the Raj of any guilt and blame Jinnah and others for much of the ills of partition.

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. Jan 19, Carolyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Those looking for the inflection point when it all started to go wrong between England and India frredom hardly find a better place to start than White Mughals: All qualities counted, however, there is a big problem with the perspective.


He gets an outside perspective of India, allowing him to criticise without having to feel obligated to justify any act or man. Two, the partition, probably the worst time in her history.

From a thousand, tens of thousands of mud-brick huts speckling the great Punjab plain it came, the smoke of India’s mealtime fires. And I was actually pulling for the Muslims to have their own country.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I can say with utmost certainty that no text book contains this information and nor will it. Though they acknowledge a few of his epic mistakes, several bits of history are conveniently left out – such as the fact that the British largely created and fostered the animosities that led to pre- and post- partition violence by promoting Sikhs, Ismailis, and Hindus as imperial agents and severely disenfranchising and terrorizing Muslims – representatives of the waning Mughal empire that the Brits lardy in order to take India- within a climate of extreme disparity.

Freedom at Midnight

If one isn’t fond of non-fiction, I would suggest trying this one. I didn’t realize that part of the reason that Hindus hate Muslims so much is because many Muslims took up that religion collisn 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.

The book is over pages long and covers only one year – there is no mistaking how high and how vast the stakes are as one works through it.

He seemed the only major voice calling for the British to midjight and was saddened about the slaughter he predicted partition would bring. He became the Paris bureau chief inwhere he would work untiluntil he switched to writing books.

Scores of anecdotes, hundreds of facts, a thousand pages, all woven into one fantastic tale.