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Pages: 132 About the book The story of India's Partition has often been told but it has almost always been a blinkered perspective. Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, in his insightful book guilty Men of India'a Partition recounts those painful days when the decision to divide India and the two communities-Hindus and Muslims-was taken. He identifies the leaders and circumstances responsi Pages: 132 About the book The story of India's Partition has often been told but it has almost always been a blinkered perspective. Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, in his insightful book guilty Men of India'a Partition recounts those painful days when the decision to divide India and the two communities-Hindus and Muslims-was taken. He identifies the leaders and circumstances responsible for the partition in a candid conservation with his readers. He shares his experiences of being sidelined, his efforts being thwarted and his prophetic foresight being ignored in the midst of influential leaders with political power. In this book we get to know about a true patriot's dreams of a reunified India and suggested measures for the same. A must read to know the whole truth of India's Partition and the politics behind it. About the Author Dr Ram Manohar Lohia (1910-67) was born in Akbarpur in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. After completing his studies in Berlin University, Germany, Lohia joined the Indian National Congress and helped in the foundation of Congress Socialist party in 1934. A true Socialist thinker and visionary, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia went to jail several times for the country. He participated in various movements of the freedom struggle. He was a true leader of the people who did not shy away from confronting stalwarts like pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and other influential leaders of the congress when it came to defending the people's interests. Preface In December 1957 Lohia wrote a letter from Lucknow District jail which has come in print, as Vashishta and Valmiki. This was in certain instances an illustrative commentary on an earlier-note on Hinduism chronologically close to the partition of India. The present work, which evolved as Lohia undertook an evaluation of Maulana Azad's book, is to my mind, substantively an elaboration: of cer


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Pages: 132 About the book The story of India's Partition has often been told but it has almost always been a blinkered perspective. Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, in his insightful book guilty Men of India'a Partition recounts those painful days when the decision to divide India and the two communities-Hindus and Muslims-was taken. He identifies the leaders and circumstances responsi Pages: 132 About the book The story of India's Partition has often been told but it has almost always been a blinkered perspective. Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, in his insightful book guilty Men of India'a Partition recounts those painful days when the decision to divide India and the two communities-Hindus and Muslims-was taken. He identifies the leaders and circumstances responsible for the partition in a candid conservation with his readers. He shares his experiences of being sidelined, his efforts being thwarted and his prophetic foresight being ignored in the midst of influential leaders with political power. In this book we get to know about a true patriot's dreams of a reunified India and suggested measures for the same. A must read to know the whole truth of India's Partition and the politics behind it. About the Author Dr Ram Manohar Lohia (1910-67) was born in Akbarpur in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. After completing his studies in Berlin University, Germany, Lohia joined the Indian National Congress and helped in the foundation of Congress Socialist party in 1934. A true Socialist thinker and visionary, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia went to jail several times for the country. He participated in various movements of the freedom struggle. He was a true leader of the people who did not shy away from confronting stalwarts like pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and other influential leaders of the congress when it came to defending the people's interests. Preface In December 1957 Lohia wrote a letter from Lucknow District jail which has come in print, as Vashishta and Valmiki. This was in certain instances an illustrative commentary on an earlier-note on Hinduism chronologically close to the partition of India. The present work, which evolved as Lohia undertook an evaluation of Maulana Azad's book, is to my mind, substantively an elaboration: of cer

30 review for Guilty Men of India's Partition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dibya Pal

    A fantastic book as the insider's account of the congress party and the ground realities.However the author does have grudge against certain freedom fighters which probably is not correct if a holistic approach is taken into view. A fantastic book as the insider's account of the congress party and the ground realities.However the author does have grudge against certain freedom fighters which probably is not correct if a holistic approach is taken into view.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kunal Chhabaria

    Let's you know a different picture of the partition days( Something not known to our textbooks). Guilty Men goes about telling a different side of Nehru and Gandhi and all the politics is the real reason behind aggravating the Hindu-Muslim divide. Ram Manohar Lohia has written a good description of his opinion. Im too naive to know what's true but this book does have some revelations. Let's you know a different picture of the partition days( Something not known to our textbooks). Guilty Men goes about telling a different side of Nehru and Gandhi and all the politics is the real reason behind aggravating the Hindu-Muslim divide. Ram Manohar Lohia has written a good description of his opinion. Im too naive to know what's true but this book does have some revelations.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mohit Sharma

    A very human look at the people who were in power when India was partitioned. No one is spared scrutiny. Gandhi and Nehru have been talked about very critically with respect. That is not something I've come across before. A very human look at the people who were in power when India was partitioned. No one is spared scrutiny. Gandhi and Nehru have been talked about very critically with respect. That is not something I've come across before.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anurag Mishra

    Very disappointing. Not worth a read . I had always admired Lohia socialist thoughts even knowing some are not practically possible. But his love for the working poor class was admirable and commendable. Coming back to this book it is written to sound more like a liberal then a socialist. It's a appeasing narrative where India- pakistan , hindu-Muslim are held 50-50 accountable..no facts and numbers have been used mere rehtorics and plain criticism. The author in this book has a problem with the Very disappointing. Not worth a read . I had always admired Lohia socialist thoughts even knowing some are not practically possible. But his love for the working poor class was admirable and commendable. Coming back to this book it is written to sound more like a liberal then a socialist. It's a appeasing narrative where India- pakistan , hindu-Muslim are held 50-50 accountable..no facts and numbers have been used mere rehtorics and plain criticism. The author in this book has a problem with the right , the congress and hatred for nehru. Initial chapters are a book review of the book of maulana azad where he agreed everything with him except on nehru. He didn't wanted any partition but has no solutions either some suggestions mentioned like giving the power to muslim league and if jinnah was the only leader in india this country would have been saved . This is appeasement without logic. His views are kind of major flaws are in Hindus why they didn't accomated muslims shows his less understanding of the ground reality There is no coherency in the chapters , no major emphasis on the partition and no solutions to his continuous criticism of 105 pages . No takeaways from this book .

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vishnu Bodhanapu

    Book deals with some insider views about the events surrounding the partition & discussions among the congressmen about the proposal its passing and after effects. But such information related to partition is only limited to some 40-45% of the book. Rest of the book reveals the author's views about various National leaders and their personalities. The only men to be blamed are people as a whole - author stresses about the disunity among masses on certain matters, wrong choice of most Muslims in Book deals with some insider views about the events surrounding the partition & discussions among the congressmen about the proposal its passing and after effects. But such information related to partition is only limited to some 40-45% of the book. Rest of the book reveals the author's views about various National leaders and their personalities. The only men to be blamed are people as a whole - author stresses about the disunity among masses on certain matters, wrong choice of most Muslims in accepting Ghori & Ghazni as their ancestors & accepting Bad Muslim(Jinnah) as their sole representative rather than a "Better" Muslim(Maulana Azad). 35-40% of the book is a review of Azad's 'India Wins Freedom'. In many instances, the author puts forward the possible ways of reconciling the Indo Pak relations and undo the partition, which might have been practical & feasible then (in the 50's) but not in the present age.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shantinath Chaudhary

    Nice book, but having a limited info on partition. That said, it is must read for anyone who has read “India Wins Freedom”. The author has written this book entirely to criticise and counter the views put in that book (IWF). So this book is great for a comparative study, but not great as a whole, as an independent book on partition. Also, just 93 pages long, so easy to finish. Some very interesting facts are there, so a good read in an overall sense.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Raj Makaram

    It is a 93-100 page book covering the people and reason for partition aka guilty men responsible for Indo-Pak partition. Dr Lohia goes further and suggests a solution for unification [PS: Which I think have all been tried out in the last 70+years!...unsuccessfully] To quote many reviews this book spends more than 50% of the time-n-space rebutting the book "India Win Freedom", by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. As the author himself acknowledges that the book is not written in a chronological order, but It is a 93-100 page book covering the people and reason for partition aka guilty men responsible for Indo-Pak partition. Dr Lohia goes further and suggests a solution for unification [PS: Which I think have all been tried out in the last 70+years!...unsuccessfully] To quote many reviews this book spends more than 50% of the time-n-space rebutting the book "India Win Freedom", by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. As the author himself acknowledges that the book is not written in a chronological order, but it contains factual and words from his heart! (something like that?). The book is organized into just two chapters i.e. Introduction and Guilty men of India's partition, the 2nd chapter is in turn segmented into 5 (sort of?) section. Definitely, not a well-organized book! Coming to the contents, the author starts off, stating the 8 causes for partition which includes the British, power hungry Indian politicians, Muslim-league hell-bent on separations, Hindu-Muslim animosity, etc., Continuing, the author gives a critical review of various personalities involved in the Indian independence movement such as Gandhi ji, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Subhas Chandra Bose, Rajendra Prasad, Maulana Azad, Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Acharya Kripalani, and others. The author expresses his remorse that freedom should not have come at the cost of partition of the Country. And as mentioned earlier, the solution proposed is - people-to-people contact, economic prosperity, and regional union something similar to the exiting SARCC (which has not worked so-far!). Even when this book was written in 1960 the author laments his solution is not "happening". Some critical comments/analysis is passed on various leaders such as Gandhi-ji, Nehru, Patel, Bose, etc. In addition the author, takes a hard-stand on religious customs/practices and royalty, as many think, the author too feels it is the ONLY one reason for all our woes! He questions on the method-n-ways of Gandhi-ji, also questioning his usefulness in getting our independence (author contemplates, if a combined approach of moderates and extremists principles, been more effective in our independence struggle). Dr Lohia questions the effectiveness of 100% non-violence!? As author himself says his relationship with Gandhi is more like a grandson and grandfather, so it may be that, the author is questioning the Gandhian-way with love and respect!? Some key points in the book which put me to think further were - Conquests are not all good! India having the record for the largest number of invasion, it has left our society…diverse. Unlike other countries like USA the native population just became extinct, but here the native population and their deep-rooted culture and practices, survived. Thus both the natives and immigrants had to live together with diverse culture and traditions. Getting a common ancestry for both the natives and immigrants is very critical for future of our country! After reading this book, my opinion on Gandhi-ji's become more consolatory, hence I see Gandhi-ji's action needs more scrutiny... he is one of the kind in human history! Yes! As many of my readings, this book gave me an opportunity to think beyond the contents of the books. Like all other books on history & sociology, it is always better to have multiple perspective on a single topic... Indian independence is a big event in the world history, which definitely warrants views from multiple people belonging to the same time-period

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pranay

    By the proponent of the Socialist Revolution in India, Dr. Rammanohar Lohia makes a precise argument against Abul Kalam Azad's rationale regarding independence and Subsequent Partition in his book India Wins Freedom, Lohia has criticized Abul Kalam Azad's simplistic understanding of the numerous reasons leading to partition and introduces nuance in the debate rather commenting on the extremes leading to creation of a history riffed with counter facts (including- Gandhi is the prime reason for pa By the proponent of the Socialist Revolution in India, Dr. Rammanohar Lohia makes a precise argument against Abul Kalam Azad's rationale regarding independence and Subsequent Partition in his book India Wins Freedom, Lohia has criticized Abul Kalam Azad's simplistic understanding of the numerous reasons leading to partition and introduces nuance in the debate rather commenting on the extremes leading to creation of a history riffed with counter facts (including- Gandhi is the prime reason for partition, Nehru was a womanizer and was under the influence of Edwina Mountbatten to agree upon the partition plan). Rammanohar Lohia also calls upon the Jana Sangh and other right wing brahamanist savarnical organizations for not creating a more peaceful environment in the country. One of the most prominent and contemporary of the different takes of Lohia would be the Sweet Sentimentality in the garb of Secularism in practice, and gives way for a new doctrine of secularism calling for rationality and conflict resolution in cohesion

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ankit Modi

    Ram Manohar Lohia gives an insider account of the times of partition. He has presented his critique of Gandhi, Nehru, Jinnah, Abul Kalam Azad and Bose with respect. He also delves into how the Hindu-Muslim feud & the caste system led to partition and what will it take to reunite the two nations (published in 1960).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Atharva Kulkarni

    Book is all over the place. The "greats" and the Congress party have been looked at through a human lens. Gandhiji is just that, he's Gandhi not the Mahatma. And similarly for Nehru, Bose, Azad and Jinnah. Mr Lohia also has some far fetched opinions of reuniting India and Pakistan. Book is all over the place. The "greats" and the Congress party have been looked at through a human lens. Gandhiji is just that, he's Gandhi not the Mahatma. And similarly for Nehru, Bose, Azad and Jinnah. Mr Lohia also has some far fetched opinions of reuniting India and Pakistan.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ANURAG SRIVASTAV

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Aarzu Singh

  13. 4 out of 5

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  14. 4 out of 5

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  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Shyam Sharma

  17. 5 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Deepak Pawar

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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