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India's Struggle for Independence [Kindle Edition]

Bipan Chandra
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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.

About the Author

Bipan Chandra is a popular Indian historian/writer who specializes in the political and economic history of modern India. He has been involved with the Marxist school. Bipan Chandra is currently Chairman, National Book Trust, and Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been the President of the Indian History Congress, which endowed him with the life-time achievement award in 2008. He was appointed National Research Professor in 2006. Bipan Chandra was born in 1928 in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. Chandra is the author of several books on nationalism, colonialism, and communalism in modern India.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1179 KB
  • Print Length: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st edition (14 October 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital South Asia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C9T41PU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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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
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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD BOOK WORTH READING 15 September 2013
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hi friends
i bought this book from amazon on august 14th at Rs 120
without any shipping charges.
Ofcourse this book gives you all the information which you lack while reading other books.
This book is very much useful for guys giving their mains in UPSC CIVILS(MAINS). All the topics are neatly analysed and one cant go analysing further after reading this book. This book does not take any stand on persons, thus giving the opinion rationally
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