India went through a century-long struggle to achieve freedom from the British Raj. Several accounts had encapsulated the great struggle of Indian freedom fighters. Here, we creating a list of books on the Indian Freedom Struggle.
Remnants Of A Separation by Aanchal Malhotra
This is a book on personal individual stories from both sides of the border. It doesn’t contain any political opinions.
Poignant, hopeful, heart-rendering stories of individuals- from both sides of the border and even from England- who suffered the partition horrors have been told through material things. And beautifully so.
Politics has been mentioned only now and then as a natural part of the story and in the footnotes.
This book revisits the Partition through objects that refugees carried with them across the border. These belongings absorbed the memory of a time and place, remaining latent and undisturbed for generations. They now speak of their owner’s pasts as they emerge as testaments to the struggle, sacrifice, pain, and belonging at an unparalleled moment in history.
Freedom At Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins
A well-researched book by Collins and Lapierre. This is a readable history of events leading up to and immediately after India’s independence from Great Britain. It should be a must-read for anyone interested in Asia and especially the sub-continent. More importantly, it gives good insight into the 4 principal players, Gandhi, Jinnah, Nehru, and especially Mountbatten.
The Discovery Of India by Jawaharlal Nehru
I can say Nehru was a genius and there is no doubt about it once one reads this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It’s a huge book around 700 pages.
This book will shape the way we think about India and also life as such since there is also a lot of philosophy in this book. This book would move you emotionally. In the era where people blindly ape the west, this book tries to take us to our roots just what the title of the book says.
It shows us how advanced civilization Indians were when compared to the Greeks or Romans. What were the contributions of India to the world? It also tells us where and how we failed in modern times and tries to explain what we need to do to reclaim that glory. This book touches everything from the Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro times to the time just before we got independence.
An Era of Darkness by Shashi Tharoor
Sashi Tharoor has brilliantly elucidated the loot and the deceit indulged in by the British. He has successfully carried the conviction with the readers with irrefutable facts and impeccable presentation. Overall, the book is simply brilliant and is a must-read.
Patriots, Poets, and Prisoners
An anthology of articles from The Modern Review, edited by members of Ramananda Chatterjee’s (The Founder) family, this book shows us the opinion of several important figures of the time on the topics that matter even today. The Modern Review emerged as a platform for debates on nationalism, patriotism, history, and society and many important leaders of the freedom movement contributed to it. The book has a fascinating introduction written by historian Ramachandra Guha.