Author: B Krishna
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8173044422
The Indian freedom struggle has been covered form 1876 to 1947, not from 1885 when the Indian National Congress was established. Because that year Surendranath Banerjea had laid the foundations of the freedom movement.
An unconventional method has been adopted insofar as the text has been built not on a succession of events in their chronological sequence, but from person to person, through profiles of individuals who shaped the freedom struggle, and whom I call the pathfinders. Their role has been projected through tree distinct phases: first, rise of political consciousness from 1876 to 1904 as Moderates; second, mergence of unrest and militancy from 1905 to 1920 as Extremists; and third, coming of Non-Cooperation under Gandhi from 1921 to 1947. Since some of the leaders profiled were not Moderates, Extremists or Gandhites, they have been grouped together in Part IV: The Other Greats.
The leaders’ role has been highlighted individually, rather than the narration building itself up on a flow of events. The profiles are a wide sweep of history in their depth and meaning, evaluating the triumphs and failures of individuals, the actions of some inadvertently, contributing to India’s Partition in 1947. The Epilogue briefly touches upon what has happened since Independence in 1947 in respect of democracy, economy and secularism, which have had a direct bearing on the nation’s current turmoil, conflict and chaos.