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Midnight's Furies

The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition
Written by: Nisid Hajari
Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
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Nobody expected the liberation of India and birth of Pakistan to be so bloody - it was supposed to be an answer to the dreams of Muslims and Hindus who had been ruled by the British for centuries. Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhi's protégé and the political leader of India, believed that Indians were an inherently nonviolent, peaceful people. Pakistan's founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was a secular lawyer, not a firebrand. But in August 1946, exactly a year before Independence, Calcutta erupted in street-gang fighting. A cycle of riots - targeting Hindus, then Muslims, then Sikhs - spiraled out of control. As the summer of 1947 approached, all three groups were heavily armed and on edge, and the British rushed to leave. Hell let loose. Trains carried Muslims west and Hindus east to their slaughter. Some of the most brutal and widespread ethnic cleansing in modern history erupted on both sides of the new border, searing a divide between India and Pakistan that remains a root cause of many evils. From jihadi terrorism to nuclear proliferation, the searing tale told in Midnight's Furies explains all too many of the headlines we read today.

©2015 Nisid Hajari (P)2015 Tantor

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"A carefully restrained and delineated account makes for chilling reading." ( Kirkus)

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  • 01-11-15

As unbiased as it gets

Would you listen to Midnight's Furies again? Why?

Yes, I would. It serves as a well documented reference; rather a timeline.

What other book might you compare Midnight's Furies to, and why?

A novel- Midnight's children. Also about the birth of twin nations.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Although the spiral of events was known, I did enjoy the moment of freedom.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. I kept grasping for even more insight than it offers- which is quite a bit- for personal reasons, I wanted the book to never end. It served as a window to what became of my people.

Any additional comments?

Don't miss the most unbiased view I've heard so far. And change from the lessons you learn.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful