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In Freedom's Shade

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Appearing for the first time in English translation, In Freedom’s Shade is Anis Kidwai’s moving personal memoir of the first two years of nascent India. It is an activist’s record that reveals both the architecture of the violence during Partition as well as the efforts of ordinary citizens to bring the cycle of reprisal and retribution to a close.

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Published February 24th 2011 by Penguin
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Detailed, honest memoir of an incredible woman, a Begum by birth, who shed her purdah to work in the refugee camps in post-Partition Delhi under near impossible circumstances. In the aftermath of Partition her husband, an upright Muslim government servant, is murdered in cold blood during the violence. Kidwai decides at that point to shed her purdah and asks Mahatma Gandhi to put her to work. She ends up working in the refugee camps in Delhi and relives that experience interwoven with her thinki ...more
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This is the eyewitness account of two years immediately after the partition/independence. It begins with the martyrdom of her Husband Shafi (brother of nationalist congress leader Rafi Ahmed Kidwai) in Oct'47. Shafi was posted in Mussoorie as municipal commissioner at the time. He was an uncorruptible officer with unflinching commitment to his duty and uprightness. At a severe personal risk he helps riot-hit muslims of Mussoorie untiringly despite requests from Anis and his own friends to leave ...more
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Though we have heard of innumerable stories of horrors of partition,the book through Anis Kidwais personal life of struggles of partition gives us also a rare glimpse of how many people strived to maintain calm and peace amid a terrified population,A must read.
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