Saffron White & Green - The Amazing Story of India's Independence

Saffron White & Green - The Amazing Story of India's Independence

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Author: Subhadra Sen Gupta
Painter/Illustrator/Animator: Subhadra Sen Gupta/ Ravi Ranjan
Publisher: Penguin/Puffin
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 177
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143330523


It is one of the most exciting stories in history—the glorious tale of how the powerless, unarmed people of India came together to defy the mightiest empire in the world.

The British Empire had tightened its noose around a country split by religion, class and caste. But when the people rallied under the tricoloured banner of freedom, it was with a power that stunned even the strongest.

No one had seen such a revolution before. What was truly extraordinary was that India won her independence not through an armed uprising but by persistent, peaceful, non-violent protest. Ordinary men and women stood up against the might of the British Empire, valiantly facing police batons and guns. They marched singing of freedom and faced the hardships of prison. Bonfires of foreign cloth lit up the Non-cooperation movement.

Thousands followed Mahatma Gandhi as he marched to Dandi. And a nation of millions held its breath proudly as Jawaharlal Nehru spoke of its tryst with destiny. Not long after, India inspired colonies across the world to stand up and demand independence. This is the story of Ahimsa, Satyagraha and Swaraj, of non-violence and the struggle for truth—all for the one thing that is most valuable to a people and to a nation: Freedom.


Foreword: Going Back to 1850

ONE MORNING IN MAY (1857-1885)
From Loyal Soldiers to Rebels
How It All Began
The Rebellion Spreads
Mysterious Chappatis
Why the English Won
A Mutiny or a War of Independence?
*The Rising of the People*

India Was Changing
Let Us Meet
The Indian National Congress
Dadabhai Naoroji and the Drain of Wealth
*Men Who Loved India*

The Partition of Bengal
Gokhale and Tilak
An Act and a Durbar
*The Power of the Pen*

The First Revolutionaries
Revolutionaries Abroad
The Muslim League
Home Rule Leagues
*Song of Freedom*

Gandhiji and Satyagraha
Going to Champaran
The Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms of 1919
The Rowlatt Act
Jallianwalla Bagh
Gandhiji and the Congress

The Khilafat Movement
War without Violence
Chauri Chaura
Simon Go Back!
The Battle of Bardoli
*Women and freedom*

IN A MILITANT MOOD (1922-1930)
Revolution and Martyrdom
Rise of Communalism
Rising Above Caste

WALKING TO DANDI (1929-1935)
Poorna Swaraj
Civil Disobedience and Salt!
The Dandi March
Gandhi-Irwin Pact
Gandhiji in London
Government of India Act of 1935
*Planning a Satyagraha*

A RULING PARTY (1937-1942)
Indians in Power
The Idea of Pakistan
In the Princely States
The Second World War
Cripps Comes Calling
*A Royal Life*

A LONG GOODBYE (1942-1950)
Bharat Chhoro
The Azad Hind Fauj
After the War
Cabinet Mission
The First National Government
A Divided Nation
The Mahatma Leaves Us
Patel and the Princes
The Constitution of India

Afterword: Sahibs, Mems and ‘Koi Hai’
Growing Up
The Pucca Memsahib
The Burra Sahibs
Chhota Peg and Mulligatawny

What Happened and When

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