Must read books about India’s Independence Struggle

by August 14, 2014 0 comments

Saluting our motherland on the eve of the Independence Day, we offer our deepest respects and gratitude to our freedom fighters for their efforts and sacrifices. Though we have been taught a lot about our Independence struggle during school and college, there are many worth reading books which highlight some interesting facts and information on the same. If you are truly interested in enriching your knowledge, you could get a few for yourself and read them.

1) Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru

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Well, the author needs no special introduction but interestingly he wrote this book when he was in prison during 1942-1946. In fact, it is an interesting read as it traces the existence of India since the ancient Indus civilization and the establishment of the British rule. Its lucid narration and depiction of events had inspired the noted director and producer, Shyam Benegal to make a 53 episode TV serial under the same name.

2) India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra, Mridula Mukherjee, Aditya Mukherjee , K N Panikkar, Sucheta Mahajan

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Written by five accomplished historians, India’s Struggle for Independence puts forth an extremely detailed account of the freedom struggle along with factual and analytical information. Some of its well covered topics include Press Freedom movement, Foundation of the Congress, the First World War and Indian participation, the Non-Cooperation movement and many others well describing in depth the contribution of freedom stalwarts of India.

3) India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha

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Past six decades of gaining freedom from the British, India has come a long way and has still got to go a lot further.  If you really wish to understand the state of modern India, India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy presents the best picture ever. Written by Ramchandra Guha, one of the most prolific history professors of today, this 900 page book offers a lucid account of what actually happened during the partition, the emergence of Indira Gandhi as a powerful leader, her assassination and Rajiv Gandhi’s brief but impressive political career.  The book has also been adapted by Shyam Benegal for television.

4) The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen

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The Argumentative Indian is a collection of essays written by Amartya Sen, noted Indian Nobel Prize winner and economist reflecting his views on how India’s multicultural diversity and history has influenced its development. Bringing forth more insights into the India’s progress and development, these viewpoints come handy as we plan ahead for modernizing India to the next level.

5) India: A History by John Keay

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John Keay, is amongst the few English historians who have been fascinated by India and have written a great deal about it.  In India: A history, John Keay has written extensively on ancient India along with the lost civilizations of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro moving forward to colonization and rule of the British followed by struggle for Independence.  Traversing the past eras, John Keay has infused the facts along with cultural and religious beliefs and values of the Indian people in a very descriptive manner and style making the book an interesting read.

Wish to learn more about our struggle for Independence or the crux of the issues we face today then you should make it a point to read a few of these books!


Further reading: Independence Day






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