This is voluminous book with lot of information on Gandhi and is very objective, even though it is written by a Gandhi relative. The author does not go deep in to the circumstances under which British gave Independence to India (and Pakistan) in a hurried manner in August 1947 (perhaps not needed). But the correct dates of Independence for India (15 August 1947) and Pakistan (14 August 1947) is quoted.
Additional info for all Indians and Pakistanis
(From K N Rao - Journal of Astrology)
Jinnah's ancestors: His grandfather was Poonja Gokuldas Meghji, a Hindu Bhatia Rajput from Paneli village in Gondal state in Kathiawar. Jinnah's ancestors were Hindu Rajput that converted to Islam. Jinnah's family belonged to the Ismaili Khoja branch of Shi'a Islam, though Jinnah may have converted to Twelver Shi'a Islam.
Gandhiji was a Gujarati Bania. The father of Pakistan was a Gujarati Rajput and of India a Gujarati Bania. The Hindu Gandhi created Khilafat movement and the Muslim Jinnah opposed it.
How Hindu Astrologers Saved the Nation - "The stories of the dependence of Indian politicians on astrological predictions were suppressed during the time of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who consulted astrologers privately, but condemned astrology publicly. I have discussed it in my book, the Nehru Dynasty.
In my book, Astrological Journey through History, Mystery and Horoscopes, there is a reference again as to how the Indian politicians had decided to take the midnight of 14th and 15th August, 1947 for the Independence of India. It is discussed in my sketch of Hardeo Sharma Trivedi thus: "In 1947, when the English rulers had decided to grant independence to India on 15th August, Hardeoji and Suryanarain Vyas of Ujjain had told Babu Rajendra Prasad, who later became the first President of India, that astrologically it was not auspicious. When they came to know that the choice of any hour on that day was all the English rulers were prepared to concede, Hardeo insisted that it should be at midnight for three reasons:
---By that time the Moon would have entered Pushya Nakshatra, known as a Maha nakshatra in Bengal and, the most favorable nakshatra for a Muhurta.
---It should be at midnight, roundabout the Abhijeet Muhurta, which was calculated thus: sun-rise on August 15 was at 5-33-31 A.M. Sun-set was at 6. 57.31 P.M. Counted from sunset, the time for the next sunrise would be after 10 hours and 36 minutes, half of which was 5 hours and 18 minutes. If 5 hours and 18 minutes were added to the sunset time we would reach 12 hours and 15 minutes midnight. Twenty four minutes before or after 12.15 midnight would be the Abhijeet Muhurta. That would be the only best time available.
---The third important factor was that by that time the lagna rising would be Vrishabha, a fixed sign, which is always favored for foundations of buildings or, stable independence.
It has been recorded by Sir Woodrow Wyatt that the time of Indian Independence was chosen on astrological considerations but, within the twenty four hours given. The astrologers who advised the government were Hardeoji and Suryanarain Vyas. Yet, until now no Indian astrologer would even mention these names.
Sir Woodrow Wyatt wrote in May 1988 an article on the central page of the Times, London, "Who Does Not Consult Stars", and defended Ronald Reagan, the US President, for consulting astrologers. There he revealed that Indian astrologers had chosen the time of Indian Independence and that the subsequent history of India was somewhat more successful than Pakistan's, which got dismembered. (From the Journal of Astrology July-September issue of 1997)