1947 a memoir of indian independence

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1947 a memoir of indian independence

1947 A Memoir of Indian Independence by M. Zahir

India won its Independence from the British on August 14, 1947. Within a few months, an ancient and stable multicultural society lay in tatters, with close to two million innocent people dead, either murdered or dead of disease and starvation. Nobody has ever been charged for this mind-numbing calamity.

I was ten years old then. This is the story of events as I witnessed, leading to and following the Independence.

I am deeply grateful to my brother Rafiq who is the only other living survivor of our family from 1947. His phenomenal memory has filled many gaps.
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Indian Independence Act of 1947 in hindi - Historical Background of Indian Constitution UPSC SSC CGL

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M. Zahir

1947 A Memoir of Indian Independence

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India gained independence from the British Raj in but the country had to be divided into India and Pakistan, a divide which resulted in unspeakable violence with the death of close to two million people. The author of this book was then ten-year- old. His father was a doctor in a small town in Punjab which was the epicenter of the religious violence. Caught on the wrong side of the dividing line between India and Pakistan, Zahir's family tried to leave by train for Pakistan. The train was ambushed and almost all the Muslims were killed on the spot. Miraculously, a young Hindu put his life in grave danger to save most of Zahir's immediate family. Zahir, a Rhodes Scholar and now a retired doctor living in Canada, remembers the events which happened over sixty years ago.


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