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Before Freedom and After

Ansar Harvani (Author)
Synopsis These are very informal memoirs of a life at the center of India’s freedom struggle, marginalized after the partition-afflicted Independence. A country boy from UP, Ansar Harvani played a challenging part in the momentous Gandhi-Nehru-Jinnah-subhas eera, fought the two-nation activists tooth and nail, opted for secular India as his home, and represented his constituency in Indian Parliament. His career has encompassed the sub-continent’s most crucial half a century, filled with dramatic turn of events and encounters with great names of contemporary history. Vivid and nostalgic, before Freedom and After is studded with anecdotes and detailed insight into events and people as they really were. The journalist freedom-fighter shows the guts to call a spade a spade. His narration brings into focus the neglected yet important areas of our social and political development. His memoirs, or recollection as he likes to call them, fill many a gap in the official history. The book is an important source of history of the freedom struggle and post-Independence Indian affairs, and the makes fascinating reading.
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About the author

Ansar Harvani

Ansar Harvani was born on February 14, 1916, in a small town, Rudauli in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh. At the age of 12, he joined the demonstration against Simon Commission, headed by Jawaharlal Nehru and Pandit Pant. Later, he joined Aligarh Muslim Unviersity where he organised a students' conference presided over by Jawaharlal Nehru. In 1939, ansar Harvani was elected member of A.I.C.C. and joined hands with Netaji subhas Bose. He went underground and worked for Quit India Movement. He tried to cross to the Japanese-occupied area, but was captured. on his release in 1946, he vehemently opposed India's partition. in 1957 he was elected to Lok Sabha, served on several important comittees, and joined important delegations. Ansar Harvani started his journalistic career with Bombaychronicle, served the National Herald, Amrita Bazar Patrika and Blitz, and edited clandestine news-sheets during Quit India Movement.

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Bibliographic information

Title Before Freedom and After
Author Ansar Harvani
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1989
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121202841
length x+226p., Index; 23cm.
Subjects History