Nobody expected the liberation of India and birth of Pakistan to be so bloody - it was supposed to be an answer to the dreams of Muslims and Hindus who had been ruled by the British for centuries. Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhi's protégé and the political leader of India, believed that Indians were an inherently nonviolent, peaceful people. Pakistan's founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was a secular lawyer, not a firebrand. But in August 1946, exactly a year before Independence, Calcutta erupted in street-gang fighting. A cycle of riots - targeting Hindus, then Muslims, then Sikhs - spiraled out of control. As the summer of 1947 approached, all three groups were heavily armed and on edge, and the British rushed to leave. Hell let loose. Trains carried Muslims west and Hindus east to their slaughter. Some of the most brutal and widespread ethnic cleansing in modern history erupted on both sides of the new border, searing a divide between India and Pakistan that remains a root cause of many evils. From jihadi terrorism to nuclear proliferation, the searing tale told in Midnight's Furies explains all too many of the headlines we read today.
"A carefully restrained and delineated account makes for chilling reading." (Kirkus)
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As unbiased as it gets
Yes, I would. It serves as a well documented reference; rather a timeline.
A novel- Midnight's children. Also about the birth of twin nations.
Although the spiral of events was known, I did enjoy the moment of freedom.
Yes and no. I kept grasping for even more insight than it offers- which is quite a bit- for personal reasons, I wanted the book to never end. It served as a window to what became of my people.
Don't miss the most unbiased view I've heard so far. And change from the lessons you learn.
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