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India's Freedom Struggle 1857-1947A Short History$
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Peter Heehs

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780195627985

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195627985.001.0001

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(p.1) Prologue Tryst with Destiny
India's Freedom Struggle 1857-1947

Peter Heehs

Oxford University Press

This book aims to recount the story of India’s freedom struggle to its beneficiaries, the present generation. The material impoverishment of India was a great evil. But far worse was the effect of political thraldom on the minds and hearts of the Indian people. A movement of social and political regeneration began in the nineteenth century which reached its inevitable conclusion on 15 August 1947 with the Constituent Assembly of India. The ‘tryst with destiny’ that led to this fulfilment may have been made formally in 1930, but India’s freedom was not the fruit of a mere seventeen years of struggle. Through good and ill-fortune alike, India has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength. Those ideals were remembered on the night that India regained its freedom.

Keywords:   freedom struggle, 15 August 1947, Constituent Assembly, India

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