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The book compresses the story to a tight one-year time frame. Some years ago, I had an Pakistani friend who showed a group of us some photos of his old school. Aug 14, Devakinandan rated it it was amazing.

The Journal of Asian Studies. This book was one of the inspirations for the film Viceroy’s House film. This book is imo, a must read for each and every Indian and Pakistani to actually understand in detail what exactly happened during those tumultuous times in an unbiased manner through the eyes of the person who was at llapierre epicentre. The chapter that describes that period, “Our People Have Gone Mad,” is the most depressing chapter I can remember reading in any book.

The Hindus always considered Muslims midnighf bec A fascinating book. For the most part the narration is very engaging, urging the readers to read on.

There were also many, many stories not told by this book and key players who were missing from the narrative, but that is the limitation of this type of history. The book had such a shocking effect that the French President cancelled the sale of nuclear reactors to Libya, even though it was meant for peaceful purposes.


The book essentially is an argument against partition.

I knew that India and Pakistan had been partitioned, but I didn’t know all the details of what happened and dmoinique. I was wrong then, I know now. The narrative style of the book immerses readers in the visual landscape of the falling Raj and allows them to largy into the minds of the great actors of this time.

This book has given me a new window into Indian and Pakistani culture b has really been educational and eye-opening. Jun 04, Sandy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In Freedom at Midnight they do this superbly: There are enough reviews about the content of this book. It depicts the fury collinns both Hindus and Muslimsmisled by their communal leaders, during the partition, and the biggest mass slaughter in the history of India as millions of people were uprooted by the partition and tried to migrate by trainoxcart, and on foot to new places designated for their particular religious group.

If you only read this book you won’t know, for the authors were obviously very aware that Mountbatten descendents themselves would be reading this book, and they didn’t want to make them uncomfortable with annoying little questions.

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This portion is the most gut-wrenching one and you are left to wonder in amazement at the sheer magnitude of craziness and horror of the whole episode. Ambedkar – one of the authors of the Constitution – also feared the fate of that community in an independent India and converted to Buddhism on his deathbed as an act of symbolic resistance to Hindu-majority rule.


Mahatma Gandhi gets good coverage as he deserves. Nothing is as it would seem to an outsider in India. And he may have been right, But this meant a partition, and in Punjab, the violence visited on the Sihks and Hindus of Pakistan fleeing East and the Muslims fleeing West was beyond comprehension.

Freedom at Midnight

I didn’t realize that part of the reason that Hindus hate Muslims so much is because many Muslims took up that religion because they were Hindu Untouchables who didn’t want to wait for the next life to have a little say-so in what happened to them.

The book gives a detailed account of the last year of the British Rajthe princely states’ reactions to independence including descriptions of the Indian princes’ colourful and extravagant lifestylesthe partition of British India into India and Pakistan on religious grounds, and the bloodshed that followed.

If one is looking for a gripping narrative, however, this book is certainly it. He went back to Procter and Gamble and became the products manager of the new foods division in Glad that I’ve read it now, even if, 15 years too late.

One, her independence, one of the best moments in her history. Interview with Professor Mohammad Amin. Aug 11, Nitish rated it it was amazing. However the author does make several incorrect claims.