India’s March To Freedom : The Other Dimension

1947 : Behind the Turning Point, Beyond Official Mythology On 1 July 1947, Hong Kong returned to China. The peaceful, bloodless’ end of British colonialism in Asia made for a spectacular television show. Was the dawn of Indian independence fifty years ago an equally amicable affair? A non-violent, bloodless wonder, as the describe it in history books? Indeed, official propagandists take great pains to market the myth that Indian independence is the greatest victory that has been achieved anywhere in the world through the path of non-violence. But the fact is that no violent revolution in the world has perhaps paid the kind of price that we have had to pay for our fragmented freedom. The colossal loss of lives in communal riots leading up to India’s eventual Partition remains the most telling testimony to the utter hypocrisy of the non-violence myth. This cruel and cowardly vivisection of the erstwhile undivided country left tens of thousands of men, women and children dead and many more uprooted from their hearth and home and history. The great martyrs of our freedom struggle had certainty not shed their blood for such a disgraceful end. But there is more to the mythology of India’s struggle for independence than this dichotomy between violence and non-violence. Official history virtually reduces this massive churning in the world’s biggest colony to an account of successive sessions of...

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