- Paperback: 283 pages
- Publisher: Orient BlackSwan; 1st Edition edition (1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8125005145
- ISBN-13: 978-8125005148
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
India Wins Freedom (CC) Paperback – 1988
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While the book is a first-person account, it is a fairly easy read and gets really interesting when Maulana talks about his impressions of his close colleagues such as Gandhiji, Nehru, Patel, Rajendra Prasad etc. Some of the comments, released 30 years after his death as per his wishes, are definitely controversial. They also provide new insights into the personal relationships as well as on Maulana's perceptions on how things could have been if some serious mistakes had not been committed by Gandhi, Nehru and Patel. He is quite harsh on Sardar Patel, MA Jinnah, Liaqat Ali, Lord Mountbatten, Krishna Menon, Dr. Syed Mahmood, and to a lesser extent on Prime Ministers Churchill, Attlee and Sir Stanford Cripps. All in all, recommended for anyone with more than a passing interest in the modern history of India and especially the politics surrounding India's freedom struggle and partition. Maulana comes through as a nationalist and pragmatist in the book, and one wonders if the course of India's history (and Pakistan and Bangladesh's as well) would have been different if he had agreed to stay on as Congress President and become India's first Prime Minister --Vimal Pannala Mar 28, 2012
This covers matter relevant to the last decade of India's Independence movement from the outbreak of WW-2. It is very simple to read, and in places gives a honest assessment of healthy difference between the leaders of the freedom struggle. --Khalil Sawant Mar 14, 2012
As suggested before, I would also recommending this book to every Indian. There are lots of truth which is untold. like:- how mistakenly Muhammad Ali Jinnah became so called Qaidey Ajam or self proclaimed Muslim voice. What happen to Khilafat movement and Khudai Khidmatgar movement. Unfortunately, to get political benefit, British tried all their dirty tricks and still we Indian are divided. --MD KHALID AHMAD Feb 6, 2012
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M A K Azad or Maulana Azad was an Indian political leader, scholar. He was the newly independent India’s first Minister of Education. He was a crucial proponent of the Indian Independence Movement and is credited for laying the foundation of the Indian educational system and enhancing it. He established the IITs all over the country. He was the youngest president of the Indian National Congress, and was posthumously awarded with the Bharat Ratna. He has also written Sallies Of The Mind and Khvud Navisht.
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1)) The book is by Maulana Abul kalam Azad, who remained Congress President for almost 6 yrs (1939 - 46). This was critical 2nd world war period and very crucial from Indian freedom movement perspective. During this period he was in key decision making and negotiating role with Britishers. During his tenure, there happened Cripp's Mission, Simla Conference, the British Cabinet Mission resolution and many more important discussions. Basically, this period paved the way towards Freedom and partition. And he played very leading role in every decsion till he was president.
2)) Maulana Azad, unlike Gandhi ji and his followers, was not a non-Violence believer. He just believed that non-violent way was the best way to achieve freedom. So he had differences with Gandhiji and others on related issues. So that gives another interesting view of the pre-partition times.
3)) Being Muslim, why and how he opppsed Jinnah, and the two nation theory, is another crucial view represented in the book.
4)) There are so many surprising revelations made about Sardar Patel and Nehru, by him in this book. Like for example, how Sardar Patel was created by Gandhiji and was very dear to him, but after partition Sardar Patel completely turned against him, even insulted him. He in fact puts part of blame of Gandhi's assassination on Sardar Patel!
Lastly, not as extensive a book on partition as "Freedom at Midnight", but to understand the political situation of the time, a very crucial Book. Giving one star lesser than 5 because the print quality of book is very poor. Poor quality paper, wrong font type/size, and wrong font spacing.
Amazon deserves mention for speedy delivery and safe packaging!
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