Monday, March 11, 2019

Excerpts of Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire

'Winston wanted to hand over power gradually to democratic provinces and Indian princedoms, in localized groups, while retaining British jurisdiction at the center. When all the bits and pieces were under Indian control, the British could bow out discreetly- leaving Indians to deal with the civil war that would almost certainly be left behind.'

'Americans were ever more concerned about the outward creep of communism from Russia and China... British Intelligence service reported the first clear case of direct financial aid passing from the soviets to the communist party in India.'

'Gandhi was never a supporter of Partitioned India. In April, Jinnah and Gandhi Signed an appeal for a time, suggested by Mountbatten. Gandhi requested Mountbatten to hand over full control of unpartitioned India to the interim government that would be mean handing over the reign to the congress and ignoring the Muslin league.

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