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For the last few days, I was transported to an era where struggle for freedom was still in process In this detailed analysis, the author has firmly articulated the incidences that occurred during the movement and did not hold his thinking back At the middle of the book, I really hoped that the Autobiography of the author would turn into fiction and the partition would not happen if the matters were carried out carefully It is only a wishful thinking All in all, it was an honour reading a book by a great activist, freedom fighter, thinker, philanthropist, President of Indian National Congress and later, the First Education Minister of India I was glad that the author threw light upon Lord Wavell s services in India, of whom we don t get to learn much generally.Coming straight from the President of INC for 7 years, who knew inside out of the situation, this book has left me with hope and positivity. INDIA WINS FREEDOM is the best book to study the process of transfer of power from British to Indian hands The book gives detailed description of political activities happened during 1935 1947 from an insider s point of view Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.The book was narrated by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, first education minister of independent India, very low profile politician, and written by Professor Humayun Kabir.On Azad s request initial version of the book was published in 1958 leaving portion of the book related to a personal character due to political gravity of the situation The complete version was kept in National Library, Calcutta and the National Archives, New Delhi for thirty years and then published in 1988 with court s order Over 30 million copies have been sold already of this book.Azad has shared very little information about his personal life but has given detail of political life Book begins with election held after the introduction of provincial autonomy in 1935 and congress s overwhelming victory Then he tells differences in congress about assumption of office.In 1939 II world war began and Congress decided not to participate in war until and unless India was given complete independence In 1940 Azad took over the post of Congress President and he remained there until 1946 This was the critical time for India, during this period there was many negotiations between Congress and British Govt like Cripps Mission, Simla Conference, The British Cabinet Mission As president of congress he was the representative of India in all these negotiations.He had differences with GANDHIJI,Nehru Patel and he has elaborated these incidents in details.He has also written about Two Faced Character of Jinnah.Partition is the worst moment in India s history.Book gives details of the factors and characters responsible for partition.Characters include Jinnah,Mountbatten,Sardar Patel many.This is a worth reading book for knowledge of History as well as Politics of pre independent India as well as for competition exam like IAS. Can anyone deny that the creation of Pakistan has not solved the communal problem but made it intense and harmful Being someone who had always been against the Partition of 1947,i ve never met anyone from my country,Pakistan,that agrees with me Mr Abul Kalam Azad s views concur with me on this point We have been taught in school and college that all Indians ever want to do is to undermine Pakistanis in any way they can Some common sense and reflection made me realize that perhaps the Congress agenda and image was intentionally painted very incorrectly and inaccurately in the textbooks that are part of the curriculum in Pakistan s education system a bunch of evil hindus looking to crush muslims at the first chance and that there were muslims in Congress as well,but,they were just puppets of the British government.And Mr Jinnah is painted as almost the perfect human being Not even his enemies could say he didn t have integrity But,surely,everyone has critics No one exists that has said or done something that somehow antagonized some people at some point in their lives Mr Jinnah s critics are never mentioned in the revised for political reasons textbooks that we are taught to think are an authority on the subject Being sensibly aware enough to be aware of all this,i had always wanted to know the other side of the story I wanted to read about criticism against the great Quad e Azam and Muslim League.This book served my purpose and i loved reading it Mr Abul Kalam Azad s efforts were very important in liberating the people of the Indian subcontinent and i found myself agreeing to a lot of his personal convictions and viewpoints. spoiler alert This book comprehesniviely covers the period from 1937 1947 which sadly has been scarcely covered in our history books I for one always been interested in this part of history as it was one of the crucial phase of path to Freedom Moreover rather than listening from any Historian, reading a memoir s of someone who was at the helm of affairs gives a reader much deeper insights.This was supposed to be a part 2 of 3 memoirs but because of unfortunate and sudden death of Abul Kalam in 1958 before his 70th birthday the day which was decided for launch of this book we will never get an opportunity to read those and only after reading this memoir, one will realise what a great loss it has been for voracious Indian history readers.Unfortunately Our History books have been unjust to him by giving him place in just foot notes inspite of he being the president of congress from 1940 1946 and sole representative of congress in Cripps Mission, Shimla conference and Cabinet Mission while dealing with British government and therefore we never get the sense of important role played by him during that critical period.He comes as a person who candidly expresses his opinion in his book without thinking about how the people will judge him and therefore also concede his blunders too also being practical, he knew that some of them could create some dissent or tensions, he asked a full version which had 30 extra pages to be released 30 years later where he candidly and rationally criticised Nehru, Gandhi and Sardar for their wrong doings at different parts of history Some of the blunders he did which he conceded in the book that he did at the crucial juncture 1 Did not give his nomination for reelection in 1946 Prez election 2 Not forwarding Name for Sardar Patel for President during the crucial period of 1946 3 Not accepting any position in interim government formed in 1946 which he took later after Gandhi s pursuance GandhiHe does mince his words in voicing his opinion when Gandhi was wrong like for him non violence was a mean to get Indian Freedom unlike Gandhi for whom it was creed irrespective of we get independence or not and Gandhi s fierce opposition against India joining hands for the war even if it assured India s freedom Gandhi even suggested British Government that instead of a war against Hitler, Britishers should give Hitler some spiritual lessons He also talks about uncharacteristic subordination specially of Sardar Patel, Rajendra Prasad and Kriplani towards Gandhi even when they themselves were not confident of Gandhi s decision Before Partition.Sardar PatelIt s also give some insights about vices of Sardar too which lately has only been painted as person who could not do any wrong 1 Sardar s persistence and fear for not letting go Home Ministry in Interim government which lead to Liyaqat Ali getting Finance Ministry and with power of finace able to succeed in interfering in every ministry 2 Sardar s falling for Mountbaton 3 His alleged conspicuous inactivity after the independence during the time when Muslims were being Killed in Delhi 4 His indifference towards Gandhi during the last years specially after independenceNehru 1 Nehru s mistake of refusing Cabinet Mission s proposal soon taking over the Congress president of 1946 when the working committee and AICC already accepted cabinet mission recommendation proposals in toto and therefore giving a chance for Muslim Legue to drifted apart 2 Nehru weakness of being influenced by his admirers Krishna Menon and Lady Mount baton being some of the examples The book lucidly explains the reason behind the failure of Shimla conference failure i and surprisingly first time I have seen Lord Wavell in positive terms in text books most of the failure of Shimla talks is put on Lord Wavell He also wonderfully gives a nuance understanding of Muslim League, its ups and down period and the circumstances where Congress leaders did blunders which later were exploited By Jinnah for his goals 1937 elections, Gandhi giving him title of Qayde e Azam and many Abul Kalam also in detail gives us the clear picture of of how important leaders came into an acceptance with inevitability of partition and the events before it Like Sardar Patel in 1947 became fervour supporter of partition after bitter experiences with Muslim League in the interim government specially with Liyaqat Ali than even Jinnah On the contrary Abul Kalam still believed that if his idea of the power distribution between centre and states which later reflected or less in Cabinet Mission be implemented in letter and spirit, we could have avoided partition though I still believe that this was his wishful thinking Also decision about dividing the army which both Mount Baton and Kalam were not in favour and their premonition came true when it was reported that both divided Indian and Pakistan army willingly participated in killing of Hindus and Muslims and both end of the border during riots at the time of partition I have never read such a frank and forthright representation of the events priors to independence and for readers interested in that phase 1937 1947 , this is a book not to be missed. Maulana s very personal, at times moving account of some of the fateful days and encounters he ended up having as the president of All India Congress in the 40s His tone somewhat reminded me of St Augustine s off the pages of Confessions.Here is Maulana Sahib talking about his friend and colleague, the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru also affectionately known as Nehru Chaacha or Uncle Nehru post 1940s Jawaharlal s nature is such that, when there is some tension in his mind, he talks even in his sleep The day s preoccupations come to him as dreams When I came out, Shrimati Rameshwari Nehru told me that for the last two nights Jawaharlal had been talking in his sleep He was carrying on a debate and was sometimes muttering and sometimes speaking loudly She had heard Cripps s name, sometimes references to Gandhiji and sometimes my name This was added proof of how great was the strain under which his mind was working. Excellent narrative of the years leading up to the Indian independence Written in a clear and expressive language, this book offers an honest insight into the political scenario of pre 1947 years from the point of view of someone who witnessed it all in person and also played a significant role in shaping it Learned some interesting but lesser talked about aspects of political leaders like Nehru, Gandhi, and Patel. India wins freedom is a first person account by a person who should be much better known, respected and followed by us Modern Indians than he currently is Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, whose patriotism, Indianness, and devotion to the national cause are clearly second to none Further, this was a man whose situational reading of the events of Partition, specifically with relation to the new state of Pakistan, were stunningly accurate as history has proven, as also his passionate opposition to a divided India He stands tall and resolute as one of the finest Freedom Fighters and Leaders to emerge out of this holy land.This is an important contribution to the literature around Independence, and our Independence Struggle In fact, it is my opinion that this book is one of the most significant contributions to the entire body of literature around the freedom struggle from the mid 1930s onwards I cannot think of any other book that comes even close to this one in terms of the import it has on our understanding of the events that lead to independence, save one That one book is the excellent treatise by Narendra Singh Sarila, titled The Shadow Of The Great Game The Untold Story of India s Partition.Suffice it to state that this book takes you head on into the events leading to 15th August 1947, and gives you a seat at the table where everything was planned, negotiated, fought over, discussed threadbare, analysed, courses of action decided upon and acted on This is an eye witness account, and represents irrefutable evidence, as it is a memoir by one of the key players in the Independence struggle I am not aware of any other eye witness account from any of the key players involved, which gives this book a special place in our literature.You may not like a few words, paragraphs, events I know I didn t yet you have no choice but to accept them, as they are written by one of the key players, and are irrefutable evidence You can question the opinions where stated as such , as opinions aren t facts these are easy to spot in the text But you cannot question the facts and the events as stated this is an eye witness account What is , this represents the culture and society as it then existed, free from the bias of hindsight All accounts of history suffer from the bias of hindsight this book cannot be questioned on this score.Read full review here Maulana Abul Kalam Azad has always been a person of interest to me He could be the best premise to test the secular credentials of Indian National Congress And he was successful in portraying that the communal tensions experienced by pre independent India had nothing to do with religion but everything to do with politics A staunch supporter of united India, kept to his word till his last breath and openly criticized Gandhi, Nehru and Patel for diluting their stands which resulted in the partition of India, The end of a dream.The book deals in detail with his Congress President ship period of 1940 1945 and continues with the partition story and ends with Gandhi s death His differences with major Congress leaders especially with Gandhi have been clearly highlighted His assertion that for him Non Violence was a matter of policy, not of creed gave answers to my apprehensions regarding the concept of Non Violence.He didn t shy away from openly criticizing a few re owned leaders as those without a perspective of their own and as puppets of Gandhi He analyzed the political blunders committed by others as much as those committed by himself His predictions about the future of a special state for Muslims came to be very true as we see it today.Maulana Azad is perhaps next to Gandhi in influencing the freedom movement and it is sad that he is eclipsed by Nehru and Patel in terms of popularity Though India wins freedom is a regular auto biography, it is a must read for everyone to understand a man whose dream of India got shattered cause of various political transactions My interest in knowing the ideas of Maulana regarding the criticism that INC used him as a symbolic instrument to woo Indian Muslims to gain their support is not served though. `Download Book ☚ India Wins Freedom: The Complete Version ↝ India Wins Freedom Is An Enlightened Account Of The Partition From The Author, Maulana Azad S Perspective It Includes His Personal Experiences When India Became Independent, And His Ideas On Freedom And LibertyThe Book Takes The Form Of An Autobiographical Narrative And Goes Over The Happenings Of The Indian Independence Movement The Book Traces The Events That Took Place And Ultimately Led To The Partition In A Frank And Profound Manner The Book Says That Politics Was Responsible For The Partition Than Religion It Also States That India Failed To Maximise Its Potential When It Gained Independence The Book Discusses Political Hypocrisy, And Also Touches Upon Contemporaries Of The Author S, Like Nehru, Gandhi, And Subhash Chandra Bose, And Highlights Their Mind Sets During That Time