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The Proudest Day: India's Long Road to Independence

-By Anthony Read

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First paperback edition of a hardback, previously published in 1997 by Cape. An account of the events leading up to Indian independence at midnight on 14 August 1947, the 'proudest day in Britain's history', as predicted by Lord Macauley in 1835. The authors question the popular romantic image of the event and attempt to set the record straight.

At midnight on 14 August 1947, Britain finally granted independence to the peoples of India, without a single shot being fired in anger. Bathed in the rosy glow of retrospect, the birth of modern India and Pakistan has come to be regarded in the west as a great achievement, "the proudest day in Britain's history", as predicted by Lord Macauley in 1835. But how justified is the romantic popular image? Was Indian independence a noble gesture by a benevolent colonial power or was freedom wrested from the British by Indian nationalists after more than a quarter of a century of bitter struggle? "The Proudest Day" examines whether the winning of freedom in India was a triumph or a tragedy. short..

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ISBN-13 9780224039567
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Number of Pages 592
Publication Date 14081997
Language English
Binding Paperback