I read Midnight's Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition by Nisid Hajari about a year or two ago before I read The Partition of British India: The History and Legacy of the Division of the British Raj into India and Pakistan. This book provides a reasonably complete synopsis of the fury involved in the partitioning of India. I don’t remember the first book I read to come down so hard on Lord Lewis Mountbatten. All Mountbatten could ever have been was an unprepared caretaker since Great Britain pretty much missed read the hatreds between the two main religious groups. This book gives you a pretty good introduction to the major players involved from both Great Britain and India. The book also tries to explain how religious differences and the desire for power led to the massacres. I strongly recommend reading this book if you’re interested in a basic understanding of why the partition took place. I recommend reading a book like Midnight’s Furies if you want to have a stronger taste of the violence and savagery.
This book was longer than usual, but gave me the details and the reasons, to understand how difficult and terrible was and continues to be the partition of India that brought Pakistan to become an independent nation. And how difficult, the relation between these two countries, after 72 years of independence, still remains. This event in the history of colonization, also told me how seriously and how badly in this case, religious beliefs, along with mistakes made by the leaders, played a pivotal influence in the final and sad outcome.
All people seek freedom. Sometimes people cherish religion more than independence. This conflict has resulted in many unsatisfactory governments and borders. It was difficult to divide India, but it was done and people adjusted their lives.