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A powerful and important book presenting the New India with its new values, new direction and strength. No study in philosophy nor mysticism, this is a hard-hitting, factual story by a newspaperman of the awakening of 400 million people, a story of the unbelievable poverty, of how Gandhi became their voice, and ""India for the Indians"" their cry. As a young journalist, Oxford-trained, Karaka covered Indian politics; during the war he traveled through the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Through the years he has attended meetings of the Congress party, talked with leaders, and gives revealing sketches of not only Gandhi, but Nehru, Bose, Gaffar Khan, Jinnah whom he thinks personally ambitious. Himself a Parsi, he manages to keep an objective viewpoint and reports what he sees and knows. He admits the barriers to freedom because of ignorance, superstition, clash between Hindus and Moslems. He describes the choice India was forced to make between helping those oppressed by the fascists- or helping the hated British, who practised barbarism on the Indians equal to what the Nazis were doing in Germany. The Indians retaliated by putting to use information they picked up over BBC, blowing up bridges, making bombs. Karaka tells the inside story of the tragic Bengal famine of 1943. But not all of his book is diatribe against the British. He writes delightfully of his family, of the emancipation of Indian women, the ""lost generation"" of Indians, the physical, religious, temperamental differences between Moslems and Hindus, and gives a frank appraisal of the Congress. Fascinating reading, and one every informed American should read for better understanding.

Pub Date: May 9th, 1947
Publisher: Appleton-Century