LIVING HOMESCHOOL HISTORY:Book Review:India’s struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra (INDIA)

I loved reading this book, its a very unique history just like our unique country.

India is very unique because the north of India does not look like the south of India and the south of India does not look like the east of India and the east of India does not look like the west of India and this is not because of its geography but more so because they differ from each other in their languages,cultures and traditions.India is many small countries/kingdoms put together and called a single country.

India’s struggle for Independence is very unique because different people coming from languages,cultures and traditions came together to win their freedom.

This book contains 2-3 pages of information on the life of each and every prominent freedom fighter and their speeches.

Highly Recommend this book for for middle and high schoolers.

It covers the time period 1857 -1947 Talks about:

  • The Sepoy Mutiny,
  • Santhool uprising,
  • Farmers protests,
  • Zamindari system and Labour union protests,
  • The dawn of the intellectuals with Dadhabai Naoroji,
  • The making of the congress a body to fight the British constitutionally,
  • The beginning of Press freedom,
  • Swadeshi and Satyagraha movements,
  • Partition of India and Pakistan

The book enables us to see the contrasts in their characters and their ability to work with each other despite their differences:

  • Very fiery Bal Gangadhara Tilak,
  • Passive aggressive astitute Gopala Krishna Gokhale,
  • Radical Subash Chandra Bose,
  • Constitutional Pheroz shah Metha,
  • The rationalist – Bhagat Singh,
  • The peacemaker turned foe Jinnah,
  • The Scienctific inclined Nehru ji,
  • The agrarian Gandhi ji

My only criticism would be that the South Indian freedom fighters were not covered in depth.

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Bal Gangadhar Tilak on Leadership

Bhagat Singh on violence