The author has given a popular account of the principal pioneering exploits in the region lying between the Caspian and India. In his writings on Central Asia, he tries to arbitrate impartially between Russia and England, Liberal and Conservative, Russophobe and Russophile. Some of the chapters originally appeared in a skeleton form in the columns of the Newcastle Weekly Chronicle, and the work was completed on his return from the Tsar’s coronation. ISBN: 9694022703 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
India Wins Freedom has at last won its own freedom. The full text of this autobiographical narrative was confined, under seal, in the National Library, Calcutta, and in the National Archives, New Delhi, for thirty years. In 1958 the ‘narrator’ Maulana Azad and his ‘writer’ Humayun Kabir had offered for publication a slightly abridged and revised version which left out ‘incidents and reflections mainly of a personal character’. That version underwent three large printings in the first year of publication and has been reprinted many times since then.
What we now have is the complete text, released in September 1988 by a court directive. Not only have all the words and phrases of the original been reproduced; the original tone and temper have been fully restored. The text now reveals that the controversy that has simmered for so long about the hitherto unpublished pages was fully justified. Those who have read the earlier version will quickly note the points on which this account differs from the earlier one. Those who have not read the earlier volume will find the present one as new and alive as it was when completed and put away in 1958.
Many of us may not agree fully with Maulana Azad’s forthright views on persons and events of the period (1935-48) but we shall be compelled to admire anew the honesty and courage of a great son of India. ISBN: 969402014X Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
Hungerford believes a great change had been effected in the late 19th Century, in the measure of information about regions of farther India in the North West. He claims that all that was known of the frontier geography was narrowed to a few lines running westward from India, and terminating in the cities of Afghan and Baluch highlands.
The hills which faced us on our own border, onto which we could step from the plains, were still shrouded in mystery, and our knowledge of the people was as shadowy as that of their land. In this study it is hoped that a few minor frontier episodes would be rescued from oblivion.
Essays of Lord Macaulay on Robert Clive and Warren Hastings are perhaps known to every English household; but they refer to more episodes in the history, and are wanting in that familiarity with native character and forms of thought which is essential to a right appreciation of the great collision between Europe and Asia that has been going on in India for the last two centuries.
The truth is that the preparation of a history of India, political and religious, is a far more difficult and laborious task than is generally imagined.
The author began work at Madras under every possible advantage. There were libraries containing almost unique collections of books pertaining to India. To these were added the government records at Madras, which were freely opened to the author by Sir Charles Trevelyan, who was at that time Governor.
The writer has no desire to carry the reader into his workshop, or to dwell on the extent of his labors. It will suffice to say that having sounded the depths of his ignorance, he has since then lost no opportunity, official or literary, to perfect his knowledge of Indian history.
His history of British India is now given for the first time in the present volumes. It is an entirely independent work, drawn direct from the fountain head, after a study of the records of the Government of India, official reports and parliamentary blue books, and annals, memoirs, travels, or correspondences, as have been found to yield historical materials.
Of the many problems which India and Pakistan have confronted since 1947, the most destructive has been their unsatisfactory relationship with each other.
The roots of this behavior were established during the course of events which brought about the creation and birth of Pakistan. Several conflicts later, including one which led to the dismemberment of Pakistan, the suspicion and hostility which characterizes relations between the two countries, after over 40 years as sovereign nation-states, is unparalleled in the history of international relations after the second world war.
Dennis Wright’s study focuses on the legacy of • the Sino-Indian conflict and how it sheds light on India’s perception ‘of the threat from Pakistan’. He examines the origins and aftermath of the issue of Kashmir and the Rann of Kutch, the implications of the Soviet Union’s close relationship with India and Pakistan’s with the US. He also discusses the movements for regional autonomy in Pakistan and what bearing these have had on Indo-Pak relations.
Wright’s argument is that, because both sides’ attitudes are so deeply ingrained, neither side has been in a position to act in the best interests of the peoples of the subcontinent as a whole.
The book draws on a mass of original data, including parliamentary debates of the period, UN records and documents, Indian, Pakistani and British newspapers and contemporary sources in books and journals ISBN: Y4027 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
Colonel HC. Wylly serving the British Regiment in the 1890s found hardly any information of the country immediately beyond the North-West border. In this book, he deals in detail with the tribes of the North-West and the military relations British had with them.
The author describes the more turbulent of the tribes beyond the border, the countries they inhabited and the campaigns which had been undertaken against them.