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An American Witness To India's Partition (Hardback)
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An American Witness To India's Partition (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 18/09/2007
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In 1938 the New York-based Institute of Current World Affairs awarded 23-year-old Phillips Talbot a fellowship with a mandate: visit South Asia and learn about the intricacies of life in India. Till 1950, Talbot graphically recounted the buildup to Indian and Pakistani independence, and the early experiences of the new states in the form of several letters to the institute.

Talbot`s reports from the field, presented here in the original, offer a kaleidoscope of first-hand observations: on student life at the Aligarh Muslim University, local life in a small Muslim community in Kashmir, a Vedic ashram in Lahore, Tagore`s Shantiniketan, Gandhi's Sevagram, crucial sessions of the Indian National Congress and the All India Muslim League, the Kodaikanal Ashram Fellowship, Hindu and Muslim urban communities in Lahore and Bombay, Afghanistan, a walk with Gandhi in Noakhali, the parties` negotiations with Mountbatten that led to independence and more.

Written with flair and insight, An American Witness to India`s Partition, provides a perceptive view of South Asian society in its decisive decade.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 9780761936183
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 28 g
Dimensions: 215 x 139 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Talbot's book is largely a collection of enlightening, serious, and highly entertaining letters he wrote between 1938 and 1950 from India....The value of Talbot's book is enhanced by the afterword, written sixty years after the independence and partition of British India...This book is worth reading, partly because Talbot's professionalism is evident on every page, partly because his insights inform readers about how and why the India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh of 2008 are different from the British India of 1938.

-- The International History Review
This volume is a compilation of letters he sent back to the Institute of Current World Affairs. Put in context by historian B R Nanda, they unfold the events as they happened...Especially valuable are reports of long stretches spent in the company of Gandhi, Nehru, Patel or Jinnah-besides his more or less sociological observations in these transformational times, including a stint in Santiniketan. -- The Indian Express
An American Witness to India`s Partition is a book to be read with feelings of both regret and pleasure as India celebrates her sixtieth year of Independence. Regret for a different path that might have been taken, pleasure that things have turned out so well after the dark days of 1947. -- Ainslie T Embree
Written with extraordinary verve and insight, this magnificent work brings alive India`s greatest generation and their achievements. Rare is the book on India in which the past so illumines the present. -- Ralph Buultjens

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