It’s been 70 years since Independence and India has come a long way since she broke free from the British rule on the fateful day of August 15,1947.The true history of Independence needs to be known and taught to the kids of today so that progess and development remains in tune with the freedom earned by the Indians.
1. India wins freedom:The Complete Version- Abul Kalam Azad, Humayun Kabir
An autobiographical narrative, Azad critically analyses every detail, quoting his contemporaries and concluding that the Indo-pak partition was due to polititical reasons rather than religious. His perspective shines through as he talks abot the events post 1940’s till Gandhi’s death. Being an Indian Congress President during a really crtical period, he has painted a picture of the Indian situation in an unbiased and untainted way.
2. Freedom at Midnight-Larry Collins
This 1975 non-fiction book is a highly-researched and remarkably easy read about the year, India attained Independence from the British rule and the birth of two nations, India and Pakistan.Its a fascinating collection of facts revolving around Gandhi,Jinnah,Nehru, Mount Batten and Partition.
3. 1947:A Memoir of Indian Independence
This isn’t a work of fiction but a true story of the Indo-Pak divide that was the epicenter of harrowing violence against humanity.People were forced to abandon their homes and migrate towards India or Pakistan depending on where they stood from the line of division. Nobody was spared from the ambush and many lost their lives who were caught in the middle of the rivalry.
4. India’s struggle for Independence- Bipin Chandra
A noteworthy quote from this well-researched historical book goes as
“If today we fail, tomorrow we will try and if tomorrow we fail, we will try again.”
It stands witness to every minute detail right from the uprsing in the 1857 to the independence earned by the country in 1947.The book makes you realise how little we know about our country’s struggle for Independence.
5. From Plassey to Partition: A History of Modern India- Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
The book has a smooth flow of writing highlighting the events right from the fall of the Mughal invasion to the Indo-Pak partition. A modern historical point of view shows every aspect of Indian struggle from the looking glass. Sekhar sir has definitely created a masterpiece.
6. Words of Freedom: Ideas of a Nation: Subhash Chandra Bose- B.R. Ambedkar
An admirable collection of Netaji’s and various other leaders speeches who laid the foundation to the birth of the Indian Republic. These visionaries provide a hallmark point of view about the struggle as seen through their eyes and experienced in their ordeals. A must read for every Indian feeling the vibe of patriotism as the Independence day draws closeer.
7. The Indian Independence Act of 1947 – Susan Muaddi Darraj
For years, the Indian sub-continent reigned as the the most precious gem in the British crown. The Indians were treated as slaves and the country was stripped of it’s treasures until it gained freedom from the British colonial rule in 1947.It was achieved as a result of the combined efforts of various visonaries who put their lives at stake for the country.This book looks into how the Independence Act continues to impact the lives of Indians.
8. India after Gandhi:The History of the World’s largest Democracy- Ramachandra Guha
In 1959, the Atlantic Monthly pitied India for having a democracy, when it might be better off as a military dictatorship. In 1999, the same magazine thought this very democracy had been India’s saving grace.
Dr. Guha’s magnum opus is a treat for the eyes for every Indian who yearns to know about the birth of the largest democracy in the world. The book talks about unsung heroes and thus breaks the silence over their achievements.Indian history didn’t stop at Independence or with the death of Mahatma Gandhi, it only grew from strength to strength despite all the hurdles that it encountered.
9. A flag, A song and a pinch of Salt: Freedom fighters of India- Subhadra Sen Gupta
It’s an unabashed account of the struggle of freedom fighters in giving freedom to our country and how they underwent every bit of torture with a smile on their lips and the call for freedom ringing true in their ears.Its a collection of untold events and the tales of revolutionaries like Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Sarojini Naidu etc. It also talks about the women who who played a pivotal role in shaping the political dynasty of our country.
10. The Discovery Of India- Jawaharlal Nehru
An honest and unbiased view of the Indian magnanimity and brilliance captured through the eyes of the first Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.He wrote the book during his imprisonment in the Ahmednagar fort due to participation in the Quit India movement. It’s a product of the 4 years of solitude of a political ruler during the struggle for Independence.
Each of these books gives an insight into Indian Independence like no other and deserves to be read through with the harmony of head,heart and hands.
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