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Amritsar

Mrs Gandhi's Last Battle
Written by: Mark Tully, Satish Jacob
Narrated by: Homer Todiwala
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: History, Military
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On 5th June 1984, the Indian army began its attack on the complex at Amritsar, which houses the two most sacred shrines. Generals who had pledged to use minimum force and on no account to violate the shrines were not prepared for the fierce and adept resistance they encountered. Having suffered severe casualties, the infantry were driven back, and as a last resort - with approval from Delhi - tanks were ordered in. The Akal Takht was virtually reduced to rubble. It is doubtful if Mrs Gandhi would have initiated Operation Blue Star had she known how bloody and devastating the consequences of that 24-hour conflict would be.

©1985 Mark Tully and Satish Jacob (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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An excellent Comprehensive Read

The book provides entire context and prelude to causes and subtle undercurrents which led to tragedy of 1984. As usual, excellent narration by Homer.

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Good content spoilt by bad narration

We can excuse Tully for pronunciations - but not the narrator... Shabby work. I can appreciate the voice modulations to make the narrative interesting. But how is Bhajan Lal addressed as Bhajan Le? Too many such instances. I don't think there is derth of Indians who can do excellent narration in English.

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Awesome book, Awful Narration

The book is the story of events leading upto Operation Blue Star told with a frank and neutral perspective. The book is well researched and gripping.
The narrator however quotes every actor in what I can describe as a Western attempt to make funny Indian sounding noises. The narrator took no effort to get names and terms right, so Bhajan Lal is called Bajan Lai in many places, Akali Dal is sometimes addressed as Akali Dai (narrator confused between L and I , in the smaller case). Most of all the narrator's attempts to quote Indian characters sound distractingly weird and funny and caricaturizes the characters.

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Very balanced view of a sad chapter in Indian Hist

The entire phase of upheveal in Punjab is very painful for an average Indian. An average Indian never doubts the loyalty of or even any difference with The Sikh community. Sikhs are a pride for an average Indian largely because of their valiant nature and humongous contribution to the Indian Armed forces. Thus, when Bhindranwale broke on the scene, the average Indian was stupefied. He couldn't believe what all was happening in Punjab. He read and heard about the happenings with great pain. He felt like his brother's house was burning and his brother was suffering. This book gives a very objective and balanced view of some unknown and back screen happenings at that time. Political meanness and incompetence is also brought out very well. Mark Tully rose to the expectations. The only drawback of the book was the inevitable creeping in of some personal biases here and there. All in all job well done! Enjoyed.

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  • 08-09-18

Horrible Narration

Couldn't get through the first few chapters even. Horrible narration and accents attributed to characters takes the serious subject matter to situational comedy territory. Stay away and stick to the real book. That's what I'm going to have to do.

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  • 29-05-18

Good book_ Terrible narration

Book is awesome. Amongst very few on Indian politics. It gives a good chronological order of the events. But the narration is disappointing. Especially the enacting effort Indian accent is terrible. It's unfair to use such accent.