This book examines the interplay of imperial, national and communal conflicts during the most crucial phase of India's national movement. By looking at the independence and partition that took place between 1945 and 1947, it covers a wide range of political events and the positions taken by the British, the Congress, the Muslim league and Hindu communal forces.
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Sucheta Mahajan is Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been Gillespie Visiting Professor at the College of Wooster, Ohio, US, a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation′s Bellagio Center and a Visiting Professor at the Maison des Sciences de l′ homme, Paris. Her significant books include Independence and Partition: The Erosion of Colonial Power in India (2000); India′s Struggle for Independence (1988; with Bipan Chandra et al); RSS, School Texts and the Murder of Mahatma Gandhi- The Hindu Communal Project (2008; with Aditya and Mridula Mukherjee) and Education and Social Change: MVF and Child Labour (2008). She has also edited many books such as Rites of Passage, A Civil Servant Remembers: H.M. Patel ( 2005); Composite Culture in a Multi-Cultural Society (co-edited with Bipan Chandra), and most recently, Towards Freedom 1947: Documents on India′s Freedom Struggle (2013). Her fields of interest span the short and long history of the twentieth century, its politics, political economy and social change.
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