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India Wins Freedom: The Complete Version

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India Wins Freedom is an enlightened account of the partition from the author, Maulana Azad’s perspective. It includes his personal experiences when India became independent, and his ideas on freedom and liberty.

The book takes the form of an autobiographical narrative and goes over the happenings of the Indian Independence movement. The book traces the events that took pla
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published October 31st 1989 by Stosius Inc/Advent Books Division (first published January 1978)
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Harisha Vellanki
Jun 11, 2013 Harisha Vellanki rated it it was amazing
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad has always been a person of interest to me. He could be the best premise to test the secular credentials of Indian National Congress. And he was successful in portraying that the communal tensions experienced by pre-independent India had nothing to do with religion but everything to do with politics. A staunch supporter of united India, kept to his word till his last breath and openly criticized Gandhi, Nehru and Patel for diluting their stands which resulted in the ...more
Ashok Vishnoi
Feb 11, 2014 Ashok Vishnoi rated it it was amazing
“INDIA WINS FREEDOM” is the best book to study the process of transfer of power from British to Indian hands. The book gives detailed description of political activities happened during 1935-1947 from an insider’s point of view Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
The book was narrated by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, first education minister of independent India, very low profile politician, and written by Professor Humayun Kabir.
On Azad’s request initial version of the book was published in 1958 leaving portion
Oct 10, 2010 N rated it really liked it
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Maulana's very personal, at times moving account of some of the fateful days and encounters he ended up having as the president of All India Congress in the 40s. His tone somewhat reminded me of St. Augustine's off the pages of Confessions.

Here is Maulana Sahib talking about his friend and colleague, the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru (also affectionately known as Nehru Chaacha or Uncle Nehru post-1940s):

"Jawaharlal's nature is such that, when there is some tension in his mind,
Feb 14, 2015 Saqib rated it really liked it
"Can anyone deny that the creation of Pakistan has not solved the communal problem but made it more intense and harmful?"
Being someone who had always been against the Partition of 1947,i've never met anyone from my country,Pakistan,that agrees with me. Mr. Abul Kalam Azad's views concur with me on this point.
We have been taught in school and college that all Indians ever want to do is to undermine Pakistanis in any way they can. Some common sense and reflection made me realize that perhaps the
Aug 08, 2015 Shahryar rated it really liked it
One of my favourites. Convinced me why the partition of the sub-continent was wrong on so many levels. Also extremely enlightening is the fact how only a few terribly minor incidents went on to turn the tables toward the Muslim League, an event which culminated in thousands and thousands of deaths, large-scale suffering and the starting point of a potentially never-ending state of animosity between two neighbouring nations. By the way, I am a Muslim from Pakistan, and yes, not everybody here ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Himanshu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 07, 2013 Hasan rated it really liked it
Azad for many years by myself was seen as the unsung hero of the Indian freedom struggle, often eclipsed by Nehru, Patel and Jinnah along with Gandhi.

The book of course is bias as it is his view, but it gave some strong points and collections of what may have been if as Azad claims his Cabinet Mission Plan was used as a prelude to the dark days of partition. Azad believes Jinnah saw an independent Pakistan as a political tool for power, something Azad disagreed with as he felt a united India was
Zain Mehdi
Jun 23, 2015 Zain Mehdi rated it really liked it
Very informative, it presents a detailed and neutral account of the events that led to the partition of the sub-continent. A must read for anyone interested in the history of sub-continent. It covers events after the passage of Government of India Act in 1935. This book became more interesting to me as I had read only the history that is taught to us in schools and at college level, I only had a cursory idea that in Pakistan, the history was greatly distorted in favor of Muslim League but what ...more
Salman Tariq
Nov 27, 2016 Salman Tariq rated it it was amazing
Maulana azad works in urdu as a religious has left few parallels, but this book is of his political Saga. His vision in politics played very crucial role during late development of indo Pak freedom during late 30s, Unlike other leaders he critically evaluates the opinions and options, even not afraid to accept his mistakes and weights logical solutions that are even against him his will or desires.
Book is about the happening of freedom and wishes how things could have reshaped. The book is from
Ajay Nawal
Jan 23, 2016 Ajay Nawal rated it liked it
Book present a detailed analysis of event post 1940s till Gandhi's death from Maulana Azad's perspective. Since he was a congress president between entire duration of world war from 1940 to 1946, have participated in all major Indo-British discussion like Cripps Mission, Shimla conference, Cabinet Mission etc, his reading of all this time provide a significant historical record. He has given reasons, views of Congress, his own, Gandhi, Jawaharlal, Sardar Patel stand on major historical events ...more
Oct 09, 2013 Akshay rated it it was amazing
One of the most profound and intellectually brilliant writing emanating from India's foremost leader of freedom struggle. A scholar par excellence Maulana Azad writes the book without heaps of lofty wordings. This is an easy reading but context and depth of thoughts, the prophecies of time and genuine emotions reflect a treasure trove of struggle and great ideas. A must read for every Indian and every one who wants to understand India
Anil Swarup
Nov 14, 2013 Anil Swarup rated it really liked it
An unsung hero of India's struggle for independence. He felt strongly about certain issues and his thoughts were at variance with those of his contemporaries but he never flinched and stood his ground. The autobiography brings out the "Azad" that he was during his life time.
Manoj Bharadwaj
Jan 31, 2013 Manoj Bharadwaj is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Still learning a lot..but for now...I am staying fascinated through knowing the story of India's freedom, the process through which it was achieved, the differences and agreement and ideologies and opinions of the great men of the gestation times...and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad is an amazing person.
Vismai Rao
A very unapologetic account which makes no attempt at being diplomatic. Having been the Congress President during extremely critical years, Maulana Azad provides a real picture of the Indian situation during the 1940s. (I must say, he does have a weakness for self praise though!)
Vishnu Mishra
Jul 16, 2014 Vishnu Mishra rated it it was amazing
Best book I have found that gives the information in a crude complete and in its true form
Nov 02, 2012 Naveen rated it really liked it
Hats off to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad :)
Rajaram Rabindranath
Nov 22, 2016 Rajaram Rabindranath rated it it was amazing
Fawad Bukhari
Nov 14, 2016 Fawad Bukhari rated it it was amazing
Jinnah outplayed all congress hats off to his wisdom and skills...
Jinnah you beauty.
Sep 25, 2016 Arvind rated it liked it
This book is the author's POV of the events of the freedom struggle from 1935-1948. There are some different and interesting observations of important events.
Unfortunately, it also has a lot of "I told u so". Maulana Azad apparently knew and understood everything perfectly, and all faults have been attributed to his colleagues - Gandhi, Nehru, Patel and Rajaji. There is selective retelling too.
However, despite this it is worth a read for the author's different and sharp POV.
Prasan Kaikini
Oct 04, 2014 Prasan Kaikini rated it really liked it
Maulana Azad is really an unsung hero of the Indian freedom struggle, eclipsed by the more dominant personalities of Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah. However, as President of the Indian National Congress in the crucial years leading up to independence in 1947, he was the one negotiating with the British Viceroys and emissaries.

In this book he comes across as a very intelligent and modest man who harbors no ill-will towards any of his contemporary luminaries. He is the one that comes up with very practi
Sarbartha Pramanik
May 17, 2016 Sarbartha Pramanik rated it it was amazing
on august 15th, 1947 India was born after her long struggle for freedom. But despite the movements, sacrifices and violence it was an unprecedented event that a country was transferred her rights to Independence not by a armed uprising or by the help of external forces but by discussion and polity and also unfailing dedications of all those who served the nation faithfully. Such events cannot take place without remarkable statesman and diplomats who could handle the burden of million hopes and ...more
May 09, 2016 Neil rated it it was amazing
Best you can read about Partition of India and process involving it. It is the first-hand account of the history of India independence. The author was president of National Congress for 6 years from 1940 to 1946. The period is most significant in Independent India's history. The whole account is independent and his own analysis of the situation. Most of the readings of his can be verified in so many books available to the topic. But If you considering to read about Partition of India, you should ...more
Sharad Kulshreshtha
Jul 11, 2016 Sharad Kulshreshtha rated it really liked it
Take a bow Maulana saheb! what a great book.I have read various books about partition of India and none of the book were as insightful as this book was. One shortcoming of this book is that it's an autobiography, because of which the author mostly narrates as if he was the centre of universe of all the incidents which were happening at the time of struggle and the reader is blind sided with one man's opinion.
Other than that, the book is fantastic. It shows the commitment of a man who worked with
Azhar Hussain
Sep 06, 2016 Azhar Hussain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gives us a vivid account of India's glorious struggle for freedom from the British empire; and why these three gentlemen viz. Gandhi, Maulana and Nehru, are regarded as firsts among equals by the Indian diaspora.
In addition, it also highlights the glaring mistakes committed by some prominent leaders including Gandhi, that delayed freedom to Indians, and as the worst consequence divided the country into two parts to be pushed into a dark age, which still haunts us.
Palak Jain
Apr 08, 2016 Palak Jain rated it it was amazing
This book is truly a great read. It gives me a new perspective and an eye opener about the personalities of some great Indian leaders. Maulana Azad expressed his opinion and outlook on partition of India which is informative and gives reader an insight to decide himself what could more have done to avoid such a tragedy.
Sudhanshu Raj
Mar 18, 2015 Sudhanshu Raj rated it really liked it
Inside view of what was happening inside our freedom movement.According to Maulana Abul Kalam,everyone in congress lacked vision and spoiled his excellent plans.He is really harsh on Sardar patel and even castigates Nehru on occasion.May be because he wanted United India very dearly and holds his colleagues responsible for partition.Nicely written and very informative...
Vivek Tulsidas
Aug 21, 2012 Vivek Tulsidas rated it liked it
Interesting portrayal of some of the major leaders of the time. The portrayal of Nehru and Patel was especially interesting. Yes, there is a hint of a possible bias in certain cases. Read this for an insider's account of how negotiations were taking place with the British after the Cripps mission.
Umesh Kesavan
A very biased view of things that happened after Cripps Mission.This book tries to convey the message that had Azad's advice been heeded to ,no Partition would have taken place. A retrospective view on events that tries to portray Azad as a person who could do no wrong.
Asad Qureshi
Oct 08, 2015 Asad Qureshi rated it it was amazing
An eye opener! What an unsung hero Maulana sb has been turned into. He is right up there, if not higher, then Nehru/Patel. Moreover i have started to respect Nehru even more now. Nehru did have character! I suddenly find myself much respectful for Congress.
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