The history of a nation is best summarized in its literature. Once you go through the pages of books, all the struggles, the sentiments and the heroes of the time come alive. Books are the portrayal of battles fought, lives lived and lost, of the ambitions and hopes people of nation held so dear. For all the book lovers, this Independence Day is another opportunity to delve into the comfort of a book that brings the pain, the long struggle and the glory alive.
Here are five books on struggle and independence movement of India you must read.
India’s Struggle for Independence
Author: Bipan Chandra
The book is a detailed overview of the Independence movement of India. The book covers the struggle from the first revolution for independence which began with Mangal Pandey to the non-cooperation movement by Mahatma Gandhi and the civil disobedience movements.
India Wins Freedom
Author: Abul Kalam Azad
This book is an autobiographical account from one of the architects of modern India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. It depicts the views of Maulana Azad on the events that ultimately led to the partition of India.
Author: Kuldip Nayar
The book takes a closer look to the freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. The book explores both his sides, as a passionate freedom fighter and as an intellectual inspired by the Karl Marx and Lenin’s writings.
An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India
Author: Shashi Tharoor
Author reveals how colonizers exploited India and how disastrous British Rule was for India, with impeccable research and acuity. He also demolishes the arguments of Western and Indian apologists for Empire on the benefits and British rule; including democracy and freedom.
Subhash Chandra Bose
Author: Hugh Toye
Hugh Toye was a British Army intelligence officer and he worked in India and Burma during World War. The book details the personality of Subhash Chandra Bose and also offers important insights into Europe-Asia relations and nationalism.
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