The Great Divide – Indian Independence and Partition
70 years ago, India and Pakistan gained independence, but lost each other.
'At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.' These were the words of Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, moments before midnight on the 14 August 1947. And while the hope in his speech has borne fruit, that historic date 70 years ago also marked the Partition of India from Pakistan, causing untold displacement and death. An estimated 14 million people crossed the borders and at least 1 million were killed. What led to these devastating events and what was the aftermath? Who were the masterminds and the key players? Why was the price of freedom so high? Explore these questions through this selection of books - fiction, non-fiction and poetry - to gain different perspectives on one of the greatest ruptures in recent history.