At Freedoms Door

Hardcover | November 1, 2010

byMalcolm Lyall Darling

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The book provides a first hand account by a retired British official of conditions in the north of the Indian subcontinent on the eve of the British departure in 1947. The author during the course of a horseback journey of over 1400 miles from Peshawar to the Central Provinces, betweenNovember 1946 and April 1947, talked with hundreds of peasants and local wayside travelers and officials. The final part of the book which was written after independence and the creation of Pakistan pulls together the insights these interviews raised with respect to politics, economic conditions andchanging social attitudes and family life. The book provides a unique insight into Indian conditions and attitudes on the cusp of the British departure. The author because of earlier journeys and long service in the ICS is able to contextualize the conversations with the local populace and assess the truth behind some of the claims which aremade.

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The book provides a first hand account by a retired British official of conditions in the north of the Indian subcontinent on the eve of the British departure in 1947. The author during the course of a horseback journey of over 1400 miles from Peshawar to the Central Provinces, betweenNovember 1946 and April 1947, talked with hundreds ...

Sir Malcolm Lyall Darling was I.C.S. Assistant Commissioner, Punjab 1904, Tutor and Guardian to His Highness the Raja of Dewas 1907, and Financial Commissioner, Punjab 1936.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pagesPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195478363

ISBN - 13:9780195478365

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: Peshawar to Delhi1. The North-West Frontier2. The Northern Punjab3. To the Chenab and Beyond4. Across the Beas to the Sutlej5. Sutlej to Jumna6. The United Provinces-Saharanpur to DelhiPart Two: Delhi to Jubbulpore7. Delhi to Agra8. Agra to Jhansi-Three Indian States9. Bundelkhand-Jhansi to the Vindhyas10. The Central ProvincesEpiloguePart Three: Impressions and Reflections11. Politics12. The Administration13. Change in the VillageAppendix-Note on Wages and Prices, 1946-7GlossaryIndex