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Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire by Alex von Tunzelmann
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“IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WERE TWO NATIONS. ONE WAS A vast, mighty and magnificent empire, brilliantly organized and culturally unified, which dominated a massive swathe of the earth. The other was an undeveloped, semi-feudal realm, riven by religious factionalism and barely able to feed its illiterate, diseased and stinking masses. The first nation was India. The second was England.”
Alex von Tunzelmann, Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
“Hundreds of bodies, riddled with German bullets, were washed out to sea by the gentle swell of the waves.”
Alex von Tunzelmann, Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
“If Jinnah is regarded as the father of Pakistan, Churchill must qualify as its uncle; and, therefore, as a pivotal figure in the resurgence of political Islam.”
Alex von Tunzelmann, Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
“Whatever may be said about Mountbatten’s tactics or the machinations of Patel, their achievement remains remarkable. Between them, and in less than a year, it may be argued that these two men achieved a larger India, more closely integrated, than had 90 years of the British raj, 180 years of the Mughal Empire, or 130 years of Asoka and the Maurya rulers.”
Alex von Tunzelmann, Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
“Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, had made unequivocal his opinion: ‘I would rather have every village in India go up in flames than keep a single British soldier in India a moment longer than necessary.”
Alex von Tunzelmann, Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
“The use of rape as a weapon of war was conscious and emphatic. On every side, proud tales were told of the degradation of enemy women.”
Alex von Tunzelmann, Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
“India’s population could not be divided into neat boxes labelled by religion and cross-referenced with social position. India was an amorphous mass of different cultures, lifestyles, traditions and beliefs.”
Alex von Tunzelmann, Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
“It was constantly suggested that the high point of female heroism was to commit suicide rather than face the ‘dishonour’ of rape, as if the shame and guilt for the crime would fall on the victim rather than on the perpetrator.”
Alex von Tunzelmann, Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire