CONTENTS:- Preface. 1. Some reflections on the theme. 2. Freedom: Indian claim and British denial. 3. Eighteen fifty seven. 4. From revolt to regeneration. 5. The period of total confrontation. 6. Search for solution. 7. War-interlude. 8. Negotiations for settlement. 9. The last phase. 10. Legacy of the freedom movement.
This monograph seeks to reflect the desire of a teacher to emphasize the significance of our freedom movement which, being invested with some rare attributes, remains a unique phenomenon in human history. The author has also tried to highlight the imperceptible impact it had on similar movements in Afro-Asian countries. It was not a mere accident that the liberation of India marked the beginning of the downfall of European imperialism in Asia followed by similar trends in Africa. On the national plane its potential as a character building and faith raising cause has been unquestioned. What is remarkable about this book is that it comprises within its text the narration of main land marks in our march towards freedom as well as enunciation of the philosophical precepts that manifested themselves in our constructive activities. In brief, it was as if history and philosophy marched together hand in hand to inspire us in the pursuit of our goal. It will not be too much to expect that the message of the movement briefly stated in this essay will serve as a beacon to the rising generation who should know at what cost their forefathers had to build a world worth living for them. They should prove worthy of the heritage with which they were born.