At Freedom’s Door

Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2010.
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Title:
At Freedom’s Door
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Author(s):
Malcolm Lyall Darling
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Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press
Place of publication:
Karachi
Year of Publication:
2010
Pages of book:
400
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ISBN #13:
9780195478365
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Categories:
History
Sub-Categories:
Indo-Pak Subcontinent

Description:

The book is a unique firsthand account of a retired British official regarding the social, economic, and political conditions in India on the eve of the British departure from the country in 1947. The author, during the course of a horseback journey of over 1400 miles, from Peshawar to Jubbulpore, between November 1946 and March 1947, interacted with hundreds of peasants and local wayside travellers and officials, and gathered their views on the pressing issues of the day, and their attitude towards the impending British departure. The final part of the book, which was written after independence and the creation of Pakistan, pulls together the insights these interviews raised. Due to his earlier journeys and long service in the ICS, the author is able to contextualize the conversations with the local populace and assess the truth behind some of the claims which are made. The writer’s natural curiosity and warm engagement with India shines through the piece, which carries the reader along in its engaging style.




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