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Very Substantive Historical Comment by Perry Anderson, 2 Jan. 2014
This publication by Perry Anderson goes a long way in making sense of the deep historical fault lines that existed in the pre-partition British India and how these lead to partition. Anderson makes you understand how British created, for the first time, a United India, which had never existed before. And how this one entity of "United India" controlled from Delhi in a unitary structure, a tightly run federation could not have survived without the British power. With British withdrawal this continent needed a new constitutional arrangement, a framework like European Union, a confederal formula to extend that unity into future but the warring interests represented in Congress and Muslim League could not develop a consensus on power sharing leading to partition. A brilliant step by step analysis coupled with personality analysis of the main characters like Gandhi.