The Shadow of the Great Game: The Untold Story of India's Partition

The Shadow of the Great Game: The Untold Story of India's Partition

Narendra Singh Sarila / Nov 14, 2019

The Shadow of the Great Game The Untold Story of India s Partition A radical reassessment in British colonial history by the former ADC to the last Viceroy of British India is important but Sarila s claim that current Islamic terrorism is partially rooted in Partiti

  • Title: The Shadow of the Great Game: The Untold Story of India's Partition
  • Author: Narendra Singh Sarila
  • ISBN: 9780786719129
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A radical reassessment in British colonial history by the former ADC to the last Viceroy of British India is important, but Sarila s claim that current Islamic terrorism is partially rooted in Partition has wider implications Historians have underestimated the role of British strategic interests fears about the USSR s control of Middle Eastern oil wells and access to theA radical reassessment in British colonial history by the former ADC to the last Viceroy of British India is important, but Sarila s claim that current Islamic terrorism is partially rooted in Partition has wider implications Historians have underestimated the role of British strategic interests fears about the USSR s control of Middle Eastern oil wells and access to the Indian Ocean New material on figures like Gandhi, Jinnah, Mountbatten, Churchill, Attlee, Wavell, and Nehru are offered.

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    1. Eindelijk heb ik "The Shadow " van Sarila uit. Het was moeilijk om te lezen na "Freedom at Midnight", maar het boek is een noodzakelijk tegengif tegen "Freedom " dat een romantisch beeld geeft van de onafhankelijkheid en vooral van Mountbatten en zijn vrouw. Ook in het boek van Sarila (die de eerste Indiase ADC van MB was, en daarmee ook deels model staat voor de hoofdpersoon in de film "The Viceroy's house") komt het echtpaar MB er zeer goed af, maar tegen de achtergrond van de grote Engelse po [...]



    2. The author was an ADC to Mr Mountbatten in 1947-48. That is itself lends considerable authority to the tome. Further, the book has been extensively researched in the Oriental and Indian Collection of the British Library, Hartley Library Southampton, Public Records Office Kew, Archives Of The State Department of the USA, National Archives Washington, Library Of The US CongressThe book traces a full-scale Anglo-Muslim league alliance with the single objective of ensuring a British and Allied prese [...]


    3. The book is unbiased and fearless.It puts the entire partition scenario in perspective. There are 3 main players involved in India's partition: Congress, Muslim League and the British Government.The book provides enough context and history of all the players before reaching the climax. I would have given it five stars but it is not a comprehensive account of what happened at that time.The book provides only an aerial view of the story of India's partition but not the details. It successfully exp [...]


    4. Fascinating story of the partition of India. Makes a connection backwards between the partition of India/Pakistan and the strategic interests of Britain played out between itself and Russian since the 19th century. Makes a connection forwards between Britain's encouragement of political Islam in the 1940s and the rise of Al quaeda and the Taliban. But the behaviour of Gandhi and Nehru and the Congress Party is also severely criticised.


    5. The book in itself is a well organized and researched historical document. It pulls no punches on British, pro-Pakistan or Indian historical figures and their contribution to the partition of India. The book is written in the language of diplomats, hence it falls short on the description of the migration, displacement (religious cleansing) and conflicts that took place at the time of Partition in Kashmir, Punjab and Bengal.


    6. This is a well thought out book that makes the reader rethink the causes of India's partition and the ensuing problems. While we usually blame the policy of "divide and rule" and the wiles of Indian politicians, we don't think of it as a well thought out British strategy to keep control of a part of south Asia and form a bulwark (along with the then pliant Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia) against Soviet incursions into the oil rich middle-east. What is also quite clear is the implacable hatred of th [...]


    7. A decent book, giving a different perspective on the Indian subcontinental partition, not from the Indian or Pakistani point of viewThe narrative style is almost RamGuha-esqueIt gives an insight into the thinking of the upper crust of the British political and military class, on the happenings of the subcontinent in the decade of 1940s leading upto the partition and for a few years beyond. It gives their opinions and how their opinions pro-actively shaped what things happened on the groundAlthou [...]


    8. If you ever wanted to read the politics and strategic calculations behind the partition of British India this is the book to read. The book follows a lucid style and is a page turner. As an Indian it is difficult for me to read the book without being emotional and deeply engrossed in it. The books paints a vivid picture of the strategic calculations done by Britain and its people in India in carving a seperate NWFP out of united India and subsequently helping in the creation of Pakistan and taki [...]


    9. A very well researched book on one of the most important events of modern history (the partition of India). The author Narendra Sarila was Mountbatten's ADC at the end of the "Raj". This in itself makes his approach interesting - here's a military man who was very close to the political action who analyses events based on what unfolded before him and documents released years later. This is a unique combination.I would suggest this as one of several books to read on the topic of the end of the "R [...]


    10. This book provides the international context for the independence of India. The author gives a diplomat's perspective on how the Great Game between the British and Russian empires affected British thinking. The book shows that ultimately history is crafted by individuals and their interactions - in this case the personalities and the interactions between the main characters like Nehru, Jinnah, Gandhi, Mountbatten, etc. had a huge impact on the course of history.


    11. This book is a very difficult read but the information in it is unimaginable! There are parts of the history of Pakistan and India that have never been brought up until now. This book for the first time talks of how FDR pushed for India's Independence. Reading this book gives a whole new perspective on who were the perpetrators of the bloody partition.


    12. an excellent account of this tragic period in India. the role of Mountbatten and Nehru seems to me to have been whitewashed in other accounts and to have been central to the tragedy of partition. a very fine read


    13. This books throws light to the circumstances under which the British had to free India, though divided into two countries - Hindustan & Pakistan. A real stuff to read for those who love Indin and English history


    14. This was a fabulously written book. The author was even-handed and brought to light, not only British strategy in the region that helped create the conditions for partition, but also how the Congress Party made mistakes and played into this.



    15. An intimate and, surprisingly, not too sentimental foray into the geopolitical and personal dramas which rendered the great Indian Subcontinent asunder.


    16. One of the best Insider accounts of the second greatest geopolitical tragedy in history. Lambastes the Congress and Gandhi rightly for their sheer incompetence and stupidity.



    17. Watch me as I continue to try to understand the story of the partition of India. This book was mainly about the politics.Woo hoo!


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