Fifty years ago, seconds after midnight on 14-15 August 1947, the Union
Jack, emblazoned with the Star of India, began its final journey down the
flagstaff of Viceroy's House, New Delhi. One fifth of humanity claimed
their independence from the greatest empire history has ever seen. But
400 million people were to find that the price of freedom was partition
and war, riot and murder.
In this new edition of their superb reconstruction of events at the
time, Collins and Lapierre recount the eclipse of the fabled British Raj
and examine the roles enacted by, among others, Mahatma Ghandi, Lord Mountbatten,
Nehru and Jinnah in its violent transformation into the new India and Pakistan.
Text in English
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