Our struggle for freedom has always been an integral part of our culture and history. All through our childhood, we have grown up reading and learning about the various movements and our freedom fighters. We have learned about the partition and its consequences. This Independence Day, you can have a look at these books if you want to know something more about our history.
Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins
This book chronicles the events around Indian independence and partition in 1947-48, beginning with the appointment of Lord Mountbatten of Burma as the last viceroy of British India, and ending with the death and funeral of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru
This book was written by India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru during his imprisonment in 1942–1946 at Ahmednagar fort in Maharashtra by the British during the British Raj before the independence of India. In this book, Nehru introduces the reader to the development of India from the Indus Valley Civilization, through the changes in the socio-political scenario every foreign invader brought, to the present-day conditions.
Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
Train to Pakistan is the story of this isolated village, Mano Majra, that is plunged into the abyss of religious hate in the event of the partition. It is also the story of a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl whose love endured and transcends the ravages of war. You can have a look at more books by Khushwant Singh here.
India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
Indian historian Ramachandra Guha retells the story of the Indian nation after it gained independence from the British Empire.
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
This book is based on Forster’s experiences in India. It is set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the Indian independence movement.
Indian Summer by Alex Von Tunzelmann
Indian Summer re-creates one of the key moments of twentieth-century history: the partition and independence of India, and the final days of the Raj. It is a must-read for anyone looking for more details about that time.
The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor
In this book, Tharoor has recast the two-thousand-year-old epic “The Mahabharata” with fictionalized events and characters from twentieth-century Indian politics. Blending history and myth to chronicle the Indian struggle for freedom and independence. For must-read books by Shashi Tharoor click here.
Remnants of a Separation by Aanchal Malhotra
Remnants of a Separation is a very unique attempt to revisit the Partition through objects that refugees carried with them across the border. It is an alternative history of the Partition – the first and only one told through material memory.
You can check out my review of Remnants of a Separation here.