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Part of the Towards Freedom series, this volume brings together primary sources and archival documents for the period 1 January 1947 to 2 June 1947. Part I consists of two sections. These two sections together discuss Constituent Assembly, interim government, various political alternatives and developments, the civil disobedience movements organized by Muslim League in various parts of the country. It also examines communalism in provinces, the demand for partition in Punjab and Bengal as well as the role of the last viceroy, volunteer organizations and the problem of refugees and minority groups. The introduction by Sucheta Mahajan situates the movements in the historical context and underlines their importance in the politics of the year 1947.
This book will interest scholars, teachers, and students of modern Indian history, particularly those interested in the Indian national movement.
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Sucheta Mahajan is a professor at the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Sabyasachi Bhattacharya is former Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Contents: Preface. Introduction. Section : 1 January 1947 to 22 March 1047: 1. Constituent Assembly. 2. Political Developments in early 1947. 3. Functioning of the Interim Government. 4. The last Viceroy. 5. Statement of 20 February 1047 and its aftermath. 6. Communalism: genera; 7. Civil disobedience movements by the Muslim League. 8. Communalism: Provinces. 9. Demand for Partition. 10. Volunteer organizations. 11. Minorities. 12. Refugees. Section II: 23 March 1947 to 2 June 1947: 13. Constituent Assembly. 14. Interim Government. 15. Exploring political alternatives. 16. Making of the 3 June Plan. 17. Contending with communalism. 18. Communalism: Provinces. 19. Muslim League Civil disobedience movements in Assam and NSFP. 20. Division of Punjab. 21. Bengal: United or divided. 22. Exercising options: Referendum in North-West Frontier province and Sylhet. 23. Minority groups and displaced populations. 24. Volunteer organization. Index. Going beyond the legalistic notion of independence as a 'transfer of power', the Towards Freedom series documents within the overarching framework of the 'movement for independence' the largely unaddressed discourses on the struggles for social justice, economic empowerment, and cultural autonomy. Through meticulously selected historical material from the period 1937-47, relating to the activities, attitudes, and ideas of diverse sections of Indian society, it brings to the fore the varied contributions to the attainment of independence. This volume, published in three parts, systematically covers the major socio-political developments during 1947, the year that saw the end of colonial rule and the emergence of two nation states. The first part pertains to the main political developments that took place in the three-way conflict between imperialist, nationalist, and communal forces. This story continues in the second part, which takes up the question of the princely states, the settlement of boundaries, and the rehabilitation of refugees, while the third traverses the issues of caste, religious minorities, language and literature, educational policy, the position of women, the future of the Congress organization, the functioning of provincial ministries, the economic consequences of partition, and the peasant and working class movements. The documents in this part present multiple points of view, represented by a range of sources, from newspapers, private papers, institutional collections, speeches, and writings of principal players to colonial archives. The striking level of popular involvement in important issues is reflected in the delightful letters to the editors, maps of proposed boundary lines, cartoons with acerbic wit, and quaint advertisements, such as the one for a balm, titled 'Freedom from Pain', evidently inspired by the impending freedom of the country!. Seller Inventory # 112551