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Freedom At Midnight by Dominique Lapierre

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Freedom At Midnight takes the readers back in time, when India was on the verge of obtaining freedom from the British Raj. The authors start off by throwing light on the appointment of Lord Mountbatten as the nation`s final viceroy. This book also comprises of interviews with a number of witnesses to these events, including Lord Mountbatten. The authors also delve on the partition of India and Pakistan on the basis of religious differences, along with the violence that followed. They move on to talk about the fury of both Muslims and Hindus incited by their communal leaders. They also talk about the largest atrocity in the Indian history, as millions of innocent people were pulled out of their dwelling place and were forced to travel by feet, oxcart, or train, to the place assigned to them by their religious group. Several migrants fell prey to the bloodthirsty extremists from both the religious groups. This book also documents several heart-rending stories during that period. Freedom at Midnight also provides a detailed account on the events that led to Mahatma Gandhi`s assassination by Nathuram Godse. The readers are also told about the life and intents of Jawaharlal Nehru, India`s first Prime Minister and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a strong Pakistani leader.

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