Partition of India: Legend and Reality

H.M. Seervai

This is a very interesting book. It gives a new interpretation of the events leading to the partition of India in 1947. The writer is a former Advocate General of Maharashtra state in India. He has used evidence released by the British Government in the 70s and 80s regarding the events in British India between 1942 and 1947 to give his own view of the events and actors of that time.

He has stated that the Congress led by Gandhi, Nehru and Patel made huge errors of judgement. They wanted the Congress to dominate India even at the expense of crushing the opposition. He states that this attitude led Jinnah to demand partition.

I liked this book, quite a lot, because it presents a point of view that I have held for at least the last four years. And this too to the horror of all the Pakistanis that I have had the chance of sharing it with.

For those of you who do not agree with what I have just written, I would suggest a reading of the book.


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