India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power

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In March 1947 Lord Louis Mountbatten became the last Viceroy of India, with the mandate to hand over "the jewel in the crown" of the British Empire within one year. Mountbatten worked with various leaders to devise a plan for partitioning the empire into two independent sovereign states. During the remainder of his term, his daughter Pamela kept a diary recounting this remarkable time—from trips to Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Orissa, and Assam to the exotic palaces of Indian rulers and the Rajputs in Central and ...

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Overview

In March 1947 Lord Louis Mountbatten became the last Viceroy of India, with the mandate to hand over "the jewel in the crown" of the British Empire within one year. Mountbatten worked with various leaders to devise a plan for partitioning the empire into two independent sovereign states. During the remainder of his term, his daughter Pamela kept a diary recounting this remarkable time—from trips to Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Orissa, and Assam to the exotic palaces of Indian rulers and the Rajputs in Central and Western India, and the imperial palace-cities built by the mughals. With anecdotes from her writings and a collection of atmospheric photographs, this account paints a clear picture of an extraordinary transitional period in history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781862058156
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,321,901
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Pamela Mountbatten is the daughter of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, most famously known for his role in history as the last Viceroy of India. She married the designer, the late David Hicks. India Hicks is the granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten. She is the author of Island Life and Island Beauty.

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Table of Contents

Foreword India Hicks 7

Introduction Pamela Mountbatten 11

The Last Viceroy of India 36

Map of India Pre-partition 39

First Impressions 40

A Huge Task 64

A Brief Respite 86

The Mountbatten Plan 100

Rising Tensions 114

The Transfer of Power 132

The First Governor-General of India 150

Map of India Post-partition 153

Riots and Refugees 154

Tours Part I 178

Gandhi's Assassination 192

Tours Part II 200

Departure 218

Epilogue 234

Key Figures 235

Glossary 237

Index 238

Acknowledgements 240

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