New PDF release: A Brief History of India

By Alain Daniélou

ISBN-10: 1594770298

ISBN-13: 9781594770296

Alain Danielou ways the historical past of India throughout the enduring associations of its tradition that experience formed its future. His synthesis and narration create a completely enticing and readable trip via time, with a degree of aspect and comprehensiveness that's really a wonder. Winner of the Broquette-Gonin Prix de l'Academie Francaise.

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I do not want them to find me. I have worked and travelled and sweated – oh I have sweated the whole time. Chester 2009:100 This is a rare insight because the enigmatic Radcliffe was obsessive about destroying his personal papers and so his role is left mostly to speculation and conjecture; however, it does show his own awareness of the repercussions in drawing the lines and perhaps he also sensed that he would be blamed for this unpopular award. It is interesting to note that all three key leaders, Mountbatten, Jinnah and Nehru, failed to anticipate the mass migration of peoples.

Ilyas Chattha (2012) has recently been unearthing this connection between corruption during the rehabilitation of refugees and its impact on the post-colonial states. While the urban landscape changed dramatically, lives were rebuilt and new homes were made, the emotional attachment that people had with cities such as Lahore and Delhi was a source of much literature. The following poem by Prem Kirpal who was a Lahori migrant to Delhi is about how his beloved city became a foreign land: Spirit’s Musings My beloved City of Lahore Still Standing not far from Delhi Within quicker reach by air or train, Suddenly became a forbidden land Guarded by a sovereign state Of new ideologies, loves and hates.

The Unionist Party, which had dominated Punjabi politics for the past twenty years, was able to block the Muslim League’s attempts to form a Ministry, due to the fragile balance of votes. But tensions were mounting outside the legislature 22 Dreams, memories and legacies as communal organisations in the region all laid claim to the historic land. Neeti Nair (2011) argues that contrary to popular perception, some high profile Hindus also preferred the partition option in the decades preceding independence.

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