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He felt any India in which Muslims were a minority would lead to oppression of Muslims, despite the good will of Gandhi and Nehru. The partition of Bengal, the famine of Bengal hardly make an appearance.

Mahatma Gandhi Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. The reading is hard going right now events just after the partition of India and Pakistan as the authors describe horrific events.

It seems a terrible waste of life, the country is better of united as one. Perhaps this is also the reason why they scarcely mention B.

Oct 27, Sanjay Huilgol rated it really liked it. One possible reason for this lack of crucial details: Oh goody, yet another book written through colonial tinted glasses.

All qualities counted, however, there is a big problem with the perspective.

See all 10 questions about Freedom at Midnight…. Apr 24, Aishah Macgill rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jinnah is demonized for his insistence on a separate Pakistan for the Moslems.

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You are bound to bow in humility and fall in latry with this mahatma, whether you have read good or bad or nothing about him before. The Hindus always considered Muslims unclean because of this. The alpierre lies in invoking the re-awakening of the Indian spirit. Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, this book is still the best-selling account of Indian independence.

Beautifully written to make stories from around the period of independence sound like a collection of creative short stories. Jan 14, Dwight rated it it was amazing. The thought that I knew the horrors of partition.


A superb introduction to events which lead to the modern nation of India, but one should read other histories for some contradictory accounts. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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The strange and sickly little Gandhi is given heroic status. On the other hand, the authors were clearly Anglophiles enamored of the last British Viceroy in India, Lord Mountbatten. The British also come off as a great set of people. I will provide my reactions 1. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This account anf the events leading up to partition, and the subsequent creation of a new nation, holds nothing back.

The book boasts of an exhaustive research done in the library of Mountbatten, over dinners and lapieerre in India, which gives an impression that the book is true to the e The composition of this book is such that you won’t find it difficult to read through the pages, and the authors have weaved it with simple, yet mivnight literature.

Interview with Professor Mohammad Amin. He was the only major politician to see through the horrors of Partition and the bloodshed it would unleash.

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Mahatma Gandhi gets good coverage as he deserves. Collins and Lapierre hit the historians’ mother lode with unprecedented access to the papers and person of Louis Mountbatten; fortuitously, since he would be murdered by IRA terrorists just four years later.

The ensuing riots are given a lot of space. The duo published their first fictional work, The Fifth Horseman, in The socio-economic conditions, the religious mindsets, the convoluted politics – you live the fight for freedom yourself throught this book.

This book was one of the inspirations for the film Viceroy’s House film. View all 6 comments.

Another fascinating aspect of this book is its characterization of Mahatma Gandhi, so real yet surreal at times. The pages long book covers one of the defining years in Indian History that starts from Lord Mountbatten being appointed as the Last Viceroy of India to carry out the difficult task of granting independence to India and ends with the funeral of Mahatma Gandhi. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The lives of the young British officials stands as an example, enduring the harsh weather, and the problems of the “poor country”.


ddominique Mountbatten obliged and, sort-of staying in background, administered in military precision the smooth exodus of Indian Muslims and newly formed Pakistan’s non-Muslims.

Infact, it picks up the pace of a proper thriller once the assassination part kicks in. Gandhi is, of course, a central character.

Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. This is a great one-volume history of the final months of the Raj and the independence of India and Pakistan. Indominiuqe working from his home in the south of France on a lapiedre on the Middle East, Collins died of a sudden cerebral haemorrhage. This sort of narrative history also contains drawbacks that limit our understanding of this important moment. The target audience for the book seems to be people who want to be able to understand just enough of the British Raj to anv the Raj of any guilt and blame Jinnah and others for much of the ills of partition.

The people themselves are often lost in this depiction, appearing as faceless masses helplessly reacting to political machinations. Recommended to people who love history. Apr 18, Hana rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.