ISBN 9789351365938,The Only Fatherland : Communists, Quit India and the Soviet Union

The Only Fatherland : Communists, Quit India and the Soviet Union


Arun Shourie






Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789351365938

ISBN-10 935136593X


Number of Pages 216 Pages
Language (English)

History & Politics

Are ideologies a pair of binoculars that enable us to see far? Or are they a pair of blinkers that keep us from seeing even that which is at hand? How is it that communists, equipped as they are with the one great Theory that explains everything, fumble so very often in seeing the obvious? How did the Theory lead them to advocate the creation of Pakistan? To declare in 1947 that India had not really become independent? To insist that Pandit Nehru was just a running dog of imperialism? To launch an insurrection in 1949 on the premise that India was ripe for an armed revolution? To fumble so much in their response to the end of the communist bloc? Arun Shourie, one of the most respected commentators on current affairs in India today, illustrates the malady by reconstructing what the communists did during the Quit India Movement. In the process, he uncovers the secret negotiations they conducted and the secret understanding they struck with the British, the reports they submitted to the imperial rulers about the work they were doing to subvert the movement Mahatma Gandhi had launched. He concludes with a review of the reactions of Indian communists to the break-up of the Soviet empire, showing how their mental make-up and habits have not changed in the six decades since independence. This is a must-read for understanding our times.

About the Author

Scholar, former editor and minister, Arun Shourie is one of the most prominent voices in our countrys public life.