Independence Day 2022: Five Must-Read Books To Know About India’s Freedom Struggle


As the entire nation is celebrating the 76th independence day today, most of the working people are getting this day as a observance holiday. This holiday is going to be the part of your intellectuality best time.

Here are five books are in the list to make your day informative and wonderful.

This novel was published in the aftermath of the horrible massacre at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab in which many people assembled to peacefully protest the British Empire was shot dead. Even though it has been many years, Punjab and its people are still struggling to recover from the tragic event. The author recreated the events of that terrifying day and analysed General Dyer’s conduct in this book.

2. Train to Pakistan’ by Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan is one of the most moving accounts of the Partition of India and the way local communities, which had lived peacefully for generations, were torn apart by the forces of communalism. As the Partition plan is announced in the summer of 1947, millions of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs flee across the new border between India and Pakistan. Mass violence ensues.

3. The Partition of India by Haimanti Roy

Haimanti Roy in this epic books highlights three aspects of the Partition, which are 1. not a pre-destined ‘clash of civilizations’ between Hindus and Muslims; 2. a long drawn out process; and 3. there is no single template to understand the experiences of dislocation, rehabilitation, migration and violence in Bengal and Punjab. It brings the contextual histories of causality, of violence and loss, and of nation making, while introducing its readers to major scholarly debates in a brief.

4. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

The 1981 novel deals with the transition from British colonialism to independence and the partition of British India. The postcolonial literature that is often considered to have elements of magical realism is told by its chief protagonist, Saleem Sinai, and is set in the context of actual historical events as with historical fiction.

5. Remnants of a Separation’ by Anchal Malhotra

‘Remnants of a Separation’ is an immaculately researched book that attempts to revisit Partition through unceremonious, everyday objects carried across the border. Aanchal Malhotra, an oral historian specializing in memory and material culture, discovers the stories adorning the items that are embedded in the memory of a time and place, latent and undisturbed for generations. These objects — a string of pearls, a notebook of poems, a maang-tikka, a refugee certificate — tell fascinating stories of their owners and their pasts and illustrate the struggle, sacrifice, pain and belonging at a tumultuous moment in history.

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