Apocalypse 1947

By Khalid Chowdhry
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Pakistan is the only country to be created in the name of Islam. Due to the movement led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Indian subcontinent’s struggle for independence, Pakistan was created in 1947 as an independent homeland for Muslims. After the announcement of British exit from India, Muslims were anxious over the prospect of universal suffrage and majority rule. They would be overwhelmed by the Hindu majority. Inevitably, they successfully secured the division of India into two separate sovereign states – India and Pakistan.

Tracing the historical, social, and economic rationale for the creation of Pakistan, Apocalypse 1947 is the author’s personal account of his experience and recollection of the events leading to the partition of the Indian subcontinent into two separate countries and the following aftermath. Events unfold chronologically, written by an eyewitness to it all.

Drawing heavily on scholarly contributions by authors writing on subjects relating to his story, Chowdhry chose writers with non-South Asian origination. He endeavors to dispel untruths by authors hired to malign Pakistan. This book strives for an accurate determination of responsibility in each case for actions by individuals and entities.

About the Author

Khalid Chowdhry was an eyewitness to the 1947 division of the Indian subcontinent, creating present-day Pakistan. Growing up surrounded by political upheaval, it’s no surprise he became interested in politics. While in college in Pakistan, Chowdhry participated in debates and became a social activist. He has an environmental engineering degree from the University of London, where he was a commentator in the Urdu service of the BBC from 1960 to 1963.

Having worked on environmental projects in England, the Middle East, and the United States, Chowdhry once again lives in Pakistan.

Published: 2019
Page Count: 60

Customer Reviews

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Fahr Ahmed
Wonderfully Written!

The book gives a tantalizing front seat view of the Indian sub-continent, as it was being divided by the British Raj. It is a haunting yet nuanced look back in time to the events surrounding the cataclysmic partition. The author presents a highly complex historical event in a relatively easy to digest form for people who may not be familiar with the subject matter. At the same time, the book questions some of the assumptions by those who have followed keenly the history of the sub-continent and creation of Pakistan and India. One is reminded to not be beholden to convenient narratives for the price can be costly and perpetual. Perhaps the most striking and alluring aspect in the writing is the author’s penning of his memories when he bore witness to the bloodshed and mayhem in the mass migration of people that accompanied breaking up of this mesmerizing ancient land. It is both harrowing and fascinating how ordinary folk and families next doors become enemies overnight. The capacity of normal people to engender goodness and badness, in parallel, jostles you as does the compelling juxtaposition of despair and hope that can foster only through one’s deeply personal experience. The book is a must read for people who are keen about world history, multiculturalism, politics and at the heart of it all, human nature.