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India's Struggle for Independence [Kindle Edition]

Bipan Chandra
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read it cover to cover. In the midway I realized that it is truly a pro-congress or pro-nationalist book. But, then also I proceeded. There are times, when it tries to justify the stand of Congress on critical matters. A reader must read it with this 'bias' in mind of authors because as already been said by others that most of the authors are from JNU and in some way or other are associated with different government institutions. However, it is a good read in terms of it's style of presenting history. In fact, one can easily find that history is not merely about memorizing the dates, it is more about seeing the undercurrent of thoughts which were determinant in making that date historical. So in all, I would suggest it is for a mature reader not an amateur one. --Gyan Vikas Feb 15, 2012

an extract from the book goes "the end of 1907 brought another political trend to the fore. the impatient young men of bengal took to the path of individual heroism and revolutionary terrorism( a term we use without any pejorative meaning and for want for another term). I for one am at a loss as to how a renowned group of 5 historians are not able to find a proper term for our freedom fighters. well let me suggest some - "radical extremists", "ultra extremists" and i am sure that if these wont fit one can easily come up with a little more reverent term than "revolutionary terrorism" interestingly in the chapter on freedom of press the authors mention how people from press were forced to write their content in such a way as to not incur the wrath of the administration. it seems to me that this particular term has been used just as the Britishers would use it albeit a bit mildly( by using revolutionary terrorism instead of flatly terrorism) and with an apology (that stands exposed). Penguin is a UK company. this statement seems to me a devise to flatter the publishers (present generation who most probably revere their colonial past) --Asim Dagar

A fantastic book which takes you to the journey of the past. The minute detail of the past has been taken into consideration. highly recommended for UPSC exams. you wont feel as though you are reading for exam sake as it makes you so curious to know more and more. this book makes you so knowledgeable of the past you'll realise when You study it thoroughly and look into the previous question papers of IAS and say "I can answer this". A great book and A great experience!!! --kavya adiga Mar 15, 2012

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This is a study of India's independence movement, from an abortive revolt against the British in 1857 through the times which eventually lead to Indian Independence in 1947 seen from the Indian point of view. The book is based on primary sources, hundreds of interviews with those who took part in the struggle for freedom, and presents new information on the formation of the Indian National Congress and the British response to various uprisings. It also examines the personalities and influence of the leaders of the time and evolves a new and coherent view of the history of the period.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1280 KB
  • Print Length: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st edition (14 October 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital South Asia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C9T41PU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book for India's Freedom Struggle!! 13 October 2013
By hemant TOP 50 REVIEWER
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The book is voluminous and informative. It almost covers everything related to Indian National Movement. The narration is almost is on the lines of Rankean history to some degree. author though sounds biased towards Indian National Congress in certain aspects but then that possibly isn't a flaw.
at times the author paraphrases the same point multiple times in continuous paragraphs, but then no complaints since it helps you reread and correctly understand the point author is trying to convey to the reader.

In the midway I realized that it is truly a pro-congress or pro-nationalist book. But, then also I proceeded. There are times, when it tries to justify the stand of Congress on critical matters. A reader must read it with this 'bias' in mind of authors because as already been said by others that most of the authors are from JNU and in some way or other are associated with different government institutions.
However, it is a good read in terms of it's style of presenting history. In fact, one can easily find that history is not merely about memorizing the dates, it is more about seeing the undercurrent of thoughts which were determinant in making that date historical.

All in all, a good read but needs patience...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read. 18 December 2013
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A very captivating book for everyone.
This book gives the historical description of process for Indian Struggle against the British Raj.

Through all 39 chapters and it will keep you engrossed till the end simply because the way it has described it. Not only is give the basic facts like place and date time stamp but also it explains the basic question 'why' behind that particular event and also 'whom' all it effected and in 'what' way.

Major events like Swadeshi Movement,Peasants Movements, Non-Cooperation Movement, Civil Disobedience etc and described quite well and how all of them effected the struggle for india's independence.

Also this book represents the Congress view of Indian History. The major focus being on Gandhi & Nehru. Bhagat Singh, Azad and Subas Bose gets very less pages.

Kudos to Bipin Chandra and Team for all their effort in making this book.

A must read if you want to know how independence was achieved and at what cost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chronicle of Freedom Struggle. 14 January 2014
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It's a Fantastic book. It's not only written for Exam purpose but also for getting knowledge. It consists a chronicle sequence of freedom struggle from 1857 to 1947 in very simple language. You may see it pro-congress in some topic but that's a part of our history.

Yes, there are some offensive word used for revolutionary activist which seems to be insult of these martyrs patriots. Overall, it is a nice book which you will love to read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Civil Service Aspirants 21 June 2013
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This is a very good book and it is also a recommended book for all Civil Service aspirants. Good Luck.
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Have you ever imagined how it feels like being a part of the movement which gave us independence from the British rulers? This book can make it possible for you. In and out, it is an essential book for anyone who wishes to comment on Indian history. It is especially important in the days when the young Indians frequently insult the stalwarts of India based on logic arising from their wishful thing, this book can actually let them know what was the historical possibility rather than scenarios based on wishful thinking. The role of legends like Nehru and Gandhi along with all other who have contributed to the struggle very decisively and positively covered in the book. Thirty-nine chapters of great knowledge are ahead for you to read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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MUST BUY FOR IAS ASPIRANTS....ALSO FOR OTHERS SEEKING GOOD AND UNDERSTANDABLE BOOK OF INDIAN HOSTORY.
VERY WELL WRITTEN..CLEAR IN FRAMING THE THEMES AND FACTS..
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but read at your own risk 3 May 2015
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Ordered this book from Amazon back in November 2013. The delivery was prompt (2-3 days).
A Good book for understanding the period of 1857 - 1947 with a detailed account by said five authors. Book contains 39 chapters in narrative style by different authors. First chapter starts from the Revolt of 1857.

Although the book is good in general, but in many places it lacks the neutral point of view a scholar expects from such book and biasness of writers is quiet evident in some pages of book.
I found it more left leaning then the center.
Read it with keeping above factor in mind, will serve the purpose better.

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P.S. - Read "Eminent Historians" by Arun Shourie if you are not getting what I am saying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book , must for every student 18 February 2014
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I was fascinated to this book since 1994, the first time I browsed through a copy from my friend. 19 years over, now I am working as a professional in Engineering , but when I saw the book again at Amazon instantly I clicked on it. I am a happy user of this book. Each chapter is well arranged with innumerable references, suitable for serious students . If any body wants to get a glimpse of struggles made by our forefathers for Independence, I recommend this book from the bottom of my heart.
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