- Paperback: 584 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Random House India (22 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143414151
- ISBN-13: 978-0143414155
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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India Divided Paperback – 22 Jun 2017
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Rajendra Prasad (1884–1963) was the first President of the Republic of India. An Independence activist and a prominent Gandhian, Rajendra Prasad was a close associate of Gandhi’s from the time of the Champaran Satyagraha in 1916. He later served as president of the Constituent Assembly. He was President of India for twelve years, before resigning in 1962. He was also honoured with the Bharat Ratna that year.
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A great book by a great man. Dr Rajendra Prasad wrote two books- Autobiography, and India Divided. India Divided is a very authentic book.
It was really a Indian tragedy, it was Pakistani tragedy and it was British tragedy and more over it was European tragedy. About a million people died during the massacre of this great divide. It was the greatest tragedy after the second world war.After 1931 Gandhi Irvin Pact,the British decided to undo united India and Mr Jinnah was encouraged by the British for this. In 1941 Census the Scheduled caste and schedules tribes were counted separately and population of the Hindus was shown less in comparison Census of 1931. British and Mr Jinnah almost failed Mahatma Gandhi a great man as far as on the question of United India. Mr Mountbatten was declared Viceroy in haste and Lord Wavell was abruptly and unceremoniously terminated. Because he was right he did not mind it. Although Mountbatten was assisted by ablest of persons but he implemented his plan of partition of India in haste and confusion and chaotic situations created eventually leading to a great sufferings of the Indian people particularly in Western Sector. Once it was asked to Lord Mountbatten by a journalist ^Sir What you felt about the partition of India and what made you to divide in haste, he replied it was will of Providence^
Wrong boundaries were drawn particularly in Eastern Sector. CHT(Chittgong Hill Tract) a purely tribal area was given to Pakistan in order to prevent the shortest route by sea and sea approach was denied to India It was Sardar Patel who played a very important role to unite the remaining India, There were problems of Junagarh, Hyderabad State, and Kasmir. Even Kasmir was integrated to Indian Union but Pandit Nehru committed his second mistake of history( his first mistake to state that Congress is not bound by Cabinet Mission Plan to freedom to India) by not taking back entire Jammu and Kasmir but took the case to UNO at the advice of Lord Mountbatten and still the problem is remaining unsolved.
The book by Dr Rajendra Prasad is written by his experience and knowledge and hence it is very authentic and reliable. Other very good books on the subject are two volume Transfer of power by V P Menon and Hudson^s Great Divide other books are not very reliable and lacking full details. Dr Prasad was President of Congress twice in year 1934 and 1939 and was President of India for 12 years. He resigned in year 1962 as President of India and the same year he was awarded by Bharat Ratna. He was a very close confident of Mahatma Gandhi. His account of Indian partition is what he experienced and how the Muslim League developed the idea of partition. The Muslims massively suffered on both sides of Pakistan and in India as well as, as was evident from the Bangla Desh War and its repercussions. Now the history will tell and evaluate the correct role of Congress party and its leaders in the welfare of people of India and Muslims in particular .
It is very interesting very fascinating book on the partition of India by a great man of the status of Dr Rajendra Prasad who very honestly and vividly described the circumstances that led to great divide. Dr Prasad died in year `1963 I recommend that every body should read this book and be aware of history of miseries, massacre and sufferings of the Indian People.during dark days of Indian Partition.