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The Destruction Hyderabad

 
A.G. Noorani (Author)
Synopsis

The story of the fall of Hyderabad State has been told a good many times. Told mostly by the ‘court historians’ of Indian nationalism, this study seeks to revise the official historical account of the ‘police action’ (1948) led by the Indian army against the forces and government of the Nizam of Hyderabad. The Destruction of Hyderabad provides a detailed record of the diplomatic exchanges between the Government of India and the Government of Hyderabad during the British Raj, and after partition and independence in 1947, based on archival sources in Hyderabad which remain largely unexplored by scholars. The author has unearthed contemporary diplomatic correspondence, the Sunderlal Committee report on the massacre of Hyderabad’s Muslim population during and after the ‘police action’ (since suppressed by the Indian state), and a wealth of memoirs and first-hand accounts of the clandestine workings of territorial nationalism in its bleakest and most shameful hour. The author brings to light the largely ignored and fateful intervention of M.A. Jinnah in the destruction of Hyderabad, both while he was President of the Muslim League and after he became Governor General of Pakistan. He also addresses the communal leanings of Sardar Patel and his hand-picked Agent-General K.M. Munshi in shaping Hyderabad’s fate. The book is dedicated to the ‘other’ Hyderabad: a culturally syncretic state, a tolerant society and a rich composite culture which communal forces in India found alien.

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About the author

A.G. Noorani

A.G. Noorani is Advocate, Supreme Court of India. He is a regular columnist in Hindustan Times, Frontline and Economic and Political Weekly. He is the author of The Muslims of India: A Documentary Record, 1947-2000 (2003), Islam and Jebad (2002), Savarkar and Hindutva: The Godse Connection (2002), The Tribal of Bhagat Singh: Politics of Justice (2001), The RSS and the BJP: A Division of Labour (2000), Constitutional Questions: The President, Parliament and the States (2000), and The Kashmir Question.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Destruction Hyderabad
Author A.G. Noorani
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.12.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Tulika Books
Language: English
isbn 9789382381242
length xxiii+388p., Illustrations; 25cm.
Subjects History