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.
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"A carefully restrained and delineated account makes for chilling reading." (Kirkus)
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"Amazingly detailed account of this tragedy i gigan"
This book is badly needed successor to Freedom at Midnight. Very well researched and detailed account of the atrocities committed by both sides: Sikhs and Hindus on one side and the Moslems on the other side. The detailed account of the most tragic figure in this Drama: Mohammed Ali Zinnah, and the ultimate irony. He wanted to build a secular Pakistan. The characters, personalities and the relationship between Pandit Nehru ad Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel is very revealing.
The tragedy that played out over the lives of literally 10s of millions of people, was crafted by a British bureaucrat only over a month's time, with practical no knowledge of India. The calousness of the British government how they left India is beyond imagination.
Nehru & Patel
I practically did.
Thank you Nisid
Fast, Factual and Furious
The part about the Princely State of Junagadh & Hyderabad being absorbed into India
Wanted to, but its too big for one sitting
"Accuracy and sources seem exhaustive?"
Liked the book, good history lesson. just wonder how accurate some stuff is when comparing it to what we heard from our parents who lived that time period and were in college in Lahore. Have even more questions that I will be asking my Uncles as my Dad just passed away.
"This is why India and Pakistan conflict never ends"
Nisid Hajari has done his research and provided a good amount of details on India and Pakistan partition. I remember my grandfather telling me some of these accounts and how it was very tense moment in history of India's independence. I was able to relate to many of those incidents that my grampa was telling me that Nisid has put together in this book. I certainly recommend this book if you are a History buff or just interested in India and Pakistan independence time. You will know why certain conflicts never end.
Sunil Malhotra has done an okay job. His pronunciations of certain India and Pakistan city names and people names are bad. Other than that, he keeps it interesting.
"Good book, great performance"
The writing style is very incident-based, and therefore can be a bit dense. I was really impressed that the reader was able to take this material and make it much easier to listen to then I would have imagined. Other than a general wish for more analysis in the writing, I felt that this book satisfied my reason for choosing it: to learn more about the history of the Pakistan/India conflict.
"Five Stars all around"
The book covers the creation of India and Pakistan from the British Raj in 1947-48. Brief Prelude and Epilogue reference contemporary politics in the region. It is, so far as I can tell, slanted neither to the Hindu, Moslem, nor Sikh perspective. The author Nisid Hajari gives an understanding of the politics and personalities - Nehru, Jinnah, Gandhi, Mountbatten and other Brits - of the time, but does not shirk from necessary description of the violence between factions during the Partition.The book complements other books available from Audible on the history of the Middle World for those looking for background to understand contemporary events there.
Narration by Sunhil Malhotra is outstanding - well paced, clearly spoken, with narrow but appropriate range of volume and pitch. A pleasure to listen to.
"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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