FROM MIDNIGHT TO GLORIOUS MORNING? India Since Independence


FROM MIDNIGHT TO GLORIOUS MORNING? India Since Independence

MIHIR BOSE    Book Number: 86508    Product format: Paperback

Journalist and broadcaster working for the BBC has been perfectly placed to observe changes on the sub-continent. India's midnight hour saw Jawaharlal Nehru, the Harrow and Cambridge-educated barrister who became India's first Prime Minister, make one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century which ended: "India will awake to life and freedom." He saw wresting control back from the British as "a step, an opening of opportunity, to greater triumphs and achievements that await us." Now 70 years have passed, and it is appropriate to ask if India has managed to grasp its opportunity. India has made economic progress and now has a middle class estimated to be 400 million which was roughly the population of the country in 1947. Yet poverty still remains a fact of Indian life. As the West worries about looking after its elderly, India, with an estimated 300 million or so under 15 years old, will have more people who can work and make the country more prosperous. In 1917, the British War Cabinet concluded it would take at least 500 years for India to be able to govern itself. 30 years later in August 1947, India became a sovereign, free nation. Mihir Bose who was born just seven months before India won its freedom spent much of his life watching, as India anxiously awaited news of how much aid it was to receive from the West. Now India is one of the largest exporters of food in the world, sends space probes to Mars, and is a rapidly emerging global power. How did a country that many doubted would survive at birth transform into a nation capable of rivalling China and challenging the West? Bose recognises that there is much to celebrate in India's short history of independence and as his personal and trenchant book shows, there is still a long way to go before the dawn of that hoped-for bright morning. 487pp in paperback, chronology.
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