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A Must read book to understand India's partition
Reviewed in India on 6 March 2017
"India Wins Freedom", some interesting points about this book:-
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.