Warning: include(domaintitles/domaintitle_cdn.exoticindia.php3): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 921

Warning: include(): Failed opening 'domaintitles/domaintitle_cdn.exoticindia.php3' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/exotic/newexotic/header.php3 on line 921

Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address [email protected].

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > History > Modern > The Last Durbar {A Dramatic Presentation of the Division of British India}
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
The Last Durbar {A Dramatic Presentation of the Division of British India}
The Last Durbar {A Dramatic Presentation of the Division of British India}
Description
Preface

Much history writing has emerged from the Partition of the Indian subcontinent. And yet the whys and wherefores of the decisions taken during the run-up from March 1947 by the leaders involved continue to remain unclear and intriguing. We still ask the most basic questions: how could such wise and clever political leaders not avoid the division of the country? How could they not anticipate the holocaust it would unleash? Continued dissatisfaction with the answers provided by scholars only tells us that the narrative mode of history writing cannot reflect the simultaneity and multiplicity of perpetually shifting positions and accents: the clashing wills and conflicting lines of argument as they are revealed in the minutiae of daily records.

The existing histories of the partition have very little chance of capturing the moods and mindsets, the helplessness and frustrations, the anguish and final despair of those who steered the course. At times they appear to box at shadows, at other times they move slowly towards the apparently inevitable. The histories written in India thus far have either focused on political narratives or ideological analysis. More recently, the spotlight has turned upon the blood and gore, the madness and pathology of mass murders and hate. This work tells the story as it a was-without the epic dimensions of conventional writing filed with the rhetoric of freedom and greatness, and also without the legalese and constitution-making vocabulary of the Transfer of power. It captures the ticking of the clock in real time – with a mix of cynicism, fair play, strategic advantage, pelf and profit juxtaposed with all too human and frail visions, desires, prejudices and isolations.

Bing Crosby sings as breakfast is eaten; the protocol and ceremony of the Order of the British Empire runs parallel to the columns of refugees; the gracious sophistication of the viceregal public relations machine and the bowing and curtsying at the balls intersect with the exercise of power with a capital P. Bach and Chopin play as the Indian world goes mad.

All this and more comes into play as the endgame reaches its final moment and denouement. The personal and the political meet and separate "as the Last Durbar" with Louis Mountbatten on the throne, and the modern, constitutional durbar is to proclaim a republic and bid farewell to each other.

This work, based scrupulously and completely on the private papers of Mountbatten, including verbatim records and testimonies, discussions and suggestions of the leading Indian actors, is a blow by blow, nuanced and multilayered account of the months and day that led to the Indian partition. It exposes the palpable relationship of the leading actors in this drama, the moves and countermoves, the interactions and maneuverings between a range of characters against the backdrop of momentous events and developments that transfigure their imagination for better or worse. Past policies and platforms mutate rapidly, often into diametrical opposites, and lifelong patterns jerk into new trajectories. Marginalized and shunned elements, traditionally kept out of the reckoning at Round Tables and parleys at the top, threw most of the figures that were center stage into confusion and turmoil. The Journalist and the Administrator spin order out of chaos with words and prescription. And yet, the relentless speed of disorder defies any miracles. The prosaic and the poetic, the narrow and the expansive, the wise and the foolish, and the hopeful and the bleak are fused together.

It is only the dramatic genre of writing history which allows us to recover the complexity of such a process and frame the atmosphere of that concentrated moment. It also raises interesting issues about writing: the main concerning 'voice' and its textual representation. It also admits more documentary evidence than historical studies usually do. That evidence, here, takes the form of statements from the actors involved in the events who are all extensively quoted; it better inscribes the view of historical discourse. As Certeau remarks: 'History is never sure: made of "two series of data", namely of ideas we have about the past on the one hand, (and) of "documents" and "archives" on the other, the history book is a "book divided'.

Back of the Book

The existing histories of the Partition of British India have very little chance of capturing the moods and mindsets, the helplessness and the frustration of those who steered the course. The histories written thus far have either focused on political narratives or on the ideological analysis. More recently, the spotlight has turned towards the madness and pathology of hatred and mass murders.

The last Durbar tells it as it was-without the epic quality of conventional writing filled with the rhetoric of freedom and greatness, and without the legalese and constitution-making vocabulary of the Transfer of Power. The personal and political meet and separate at the last durbar, with Louis Mountbatten o the throne, and the modern, constitutional 'durbaris' hail the advent of freedom and bid farewell to each other.

The play is based on private papers of Mountbatten, including verbatim records, testimonies, and discussions of the leading political figures. It is a nuanced and multi-layered account of the months and days that eventually led to the independent nations of India and Pakistan.

Drama is the only genre of written history that allows us to fully portray the complexity of such a process and frame the atmosphere of the concentrated moment. The history of Partition has never before been told in this way.

Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgements ix
History is Dialogue: An Introductory Note xi
List of Characters xv
Acronyms and Glossary xx
The Last Durbar 1
Select Bibliography 193

The Last Durbar {A Dramatic Presentation of the Division of British India}

Item Code:
IDK652
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2007
ISBN:
9788174365835
Size:
8.5" X 5.5"
Pages:
214
Price:
$29.00   Shipping Free
Be the first to rate this product
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
The Last Durbar {A Dramatic Presentation of the Division of British India}
From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 6627 times since 1st Apr, 2010
Preface

Much history writing has emerged from the Partition of the Indian subcontinent. And yet the whys and wherefores of the decisions taken during the run-up from March 1947 by the leaders involved continue to remain unclear and intriguing. We still ask the most basic questions: how could such wise and clever political leaders not avoid the division of the country? How could they not anticipate the holocaust it would unleash? Continued dissatisfaction with the answers provided by scholars only tells us that the narrative mode of history writing cannot reflect the simultaneity and multiplicity of perpetually shifting positions and accents: the clashing wills and conflicting lines of argument as they are revealed in the minutiae of daily records.

The existing histories of the partition have very little chance of capturing the moods and mindsets, the helplessness and frustrations, the anguish and final despair of those who steered the course. At times they appear to box at shadows, at other times they move slowly towards the apparently inevitable. The histories written in India thus far have either focused on political narratives or ideological analysis. More recently, the spotlight has turned upon the blood and gore, the madness and pathology of mass murders and hate. This work tells the story as it a was-without the epic dimensions of conventional writing filed with the rhetoric of freedom and greatness, and also without the legalese and constitution-making vocabulary of the Transfer of power. It captures the ticking of the clock in real time – with a mix of cynicism, fair play, strategic advantage, pelf and profit juxtaposed with all too human and frail visions, desires, prejudices and isolations.

Bing Crosby sings as breakfast is eaten; the protocol and ceremony of the Order of the British Empire runs parallel to the columns of refugees; the gracious sophistication of the viceregal public relations machine and the bowing and curtsying at the balls intersect with the exercise of power with a capital P. Bach and Chopin play as the Indian world goes mad.

All this and more comes into play as the endgame reaches its final moment and denouement. The personal and the political meet and separate "as the Last Durbar" with Louis Mountbatten on the throne, and the modern, constitutional durbar is to proclaim a republic and bid farewell to each other.

This work, based scrupulously and completely on the private papers of Mountbatten, including verbatim records and testimonies, discussions and suggestions of the leading Indian actors, is a blow by blow, nuanced and multilayered account of the months and day that led to the Indian partition. It exposes the palpable relationship of the leading actors in this drama, the moves and countermoves, the interactions and maneuverings between a range of characters against the backdrop of momentous events and developments that transfigure their imagination for better or worse. Past policies and platforms mutate rapidly, often into diametrical opposites, and lifelong patterns jerk into new trajectories. Marginalized and shunned elements, traditionally kept out of the reckoning at Round Tables and parleys at the top, threw most of the figures that were center stage into confusion and turmoil. The Journalist and the Administrator spin order out of chaos with words and prescription. And yet, the relentless speed of disorder defies any miracles. The prosaic and the poetic, the narrow and the expansive, the wise and the foolish, and the hopeful and the bleak are fused together.

It is only the dramatic genre of writing history which allows us to recover the complexity of such a process and frame the atmosphere of that concentrated moment. It also raises interesting issues about writing: the main concerning 'voice' and its textual representation. It also admits more documentary evidence than historical studies usually do. That evidence, here, takes the form of statements from the actors involved in the events who are all extensively quoted; it better inscribes the view of historical discourse. As Certeau remarks: 'History is never sure: made of "two series of data", namely of ideas we have about the past on the one hand, (and) of "documents" and "archives" on the other, the history book is a "book divided'.

Back of the Book

The existing histories of the Partition of British India have very little chance of capturing the moods and mindsets, the helplessness and the frustration of those who steered the course. The histories written thus far have either focused on political narratives or on the ideological analysis. More recently, the spotlight has turned towards the madness and pathology of hatred and mass murders.

The last Durbar tells it as it was-without the epic quality of conventional writing filled with the rhetoric of freedom and greatness, and without the legalese and constitution-making vocabulary of the Transfer of Power. The personal and political meet and separate at the last durbar, with Louis Mountbatten o the throne, and the modern, constitutional 'durbaris' hail the advent of freedom and bid farewell to each other.

The play is based on private papers of Mountbatten, including verbatim records, testimonies, and discussions of the leading political figures. It is a nuanced and multi-layered account of the months and days that eventually led to the independent nations of India and Pakistan.

Drama is the only genre of written history that allows us to fully portray the complexity of such a process and frame the atmosphere of the concentrated moment. The history of Partition has never before been told in this way.

Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgements ix
History is Dialogue: An Introductory Note xi
List of Characters xv
Acronyms and Glossary xx
The Last Durbar 1
Select Bibliography 193
Post a Comment
 
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to The Last Durbar {A Dramatic Presentation of the Division of British... (History | Books)

Punjab (A History from Aurangzeb to Mountbatten)
by Raj Mohan Gandhi
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAG527
$67.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Partition of India (Legend and Reality)
Item Code: NAF237
$30.00
SOLD
Ambassador of Hindu-Muslim Unity
by Ian Bryant Wells
Hardcover (Edition: 2005)
Permanent Black
Item Code: NAG128
$31.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Integration of the Indian States by V.P. Menon
by V.P. Menon
Paperback (Edition: 2014)
Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAG011
$52.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms (An Old and Rare Book)
by V.P. Menon
Hardcover (Edition: 1965)
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Item Code: NAI484
$31.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Kashmir Dispute 1947-2012 (Set of 2 Volumes)
by A.G. Noorani
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Tulika Books
Item Code: NAF576
$90.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Walking with Lions Tales from a Diplomatic Past
Deal 20% Off
by K. Natwar Singh
Paperback (Edition: 2013)
Harper Collins Publishers
Item Code: NAF861
$21.00$16.80
You save: $4.20 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Partition of India Why 1947?
by Kaushik Roy
Hardcover (Edition: 2012)
Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Item Code: NAH216
$43.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Price of Partition (Recollection and Reflections)
by Rafiq Zakaria
Hardcover (Edition: 1998)
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Item Code: NAE980
$30.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Outside the Archives
by Y.D Gundevia
Paperback (Edition: 2008)
Sangam Books
Item Code: NAG218
$30.00
SOLD
Gandhi in Anecdotes
Deal 20% Off
by Ravindra Varma
Hardcover (Edition: 2001)
Navajivan Publishing House
Item Code: NAE231
$17.50$14.00
You save: $3.50 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Sahibs who Loved India
Deal 20% Off
by Khushwant Singh
Paperback (Edition: 2010)
Penguin Books
Item Code: NAD216
$21.00$16.80
You save: $4.20 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Invisible Empresses of The Raj (Unraveling The Lives of The Vicereines of India)
Deal 20% Off
by Penny & Roger Beaumont
Paperback (Edition: 2011)
Jaico Publishing House
Item Code: NAE003
$36.00$28.80
You save: $7.20 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
Thank you guys! I got the book! Your relentless effort to set this order right is much appreciated!!
Utpal, USA
You guys always provide the best customer care. Thank you so much for this.
Devin, USA
On the 4th of January I received the ordered Peacock Bell Lamps in excellent condition. Thank you very much. 
Alexander, Moscow
Gracias por todo, Parvati es preciosa, ya le he recibido.
Joan Carlos, Spain
We received the item in good shape without any damage. It is simply gorgeous. Look forward to more business with you. Thank you.
Sarabjit, USA
Your sculpture is truly beautiful and of inspiring quality!  I wish you continuous great success so that you may always be able to offer such beauty to all people throughout the world! Thank you for caring about your customers as well as the standard of your products.  It is extremely appreciated!! Sending you much love.
Deborah, USA
I’m glad you guys understand my side, well you guys have one of the best international store,  And I will probably continue being pleased costumer Thank you guys so much.
Renato, Brazil
I'm always so appreciative of Exotic India. You have such a terrific website, and great customer service. I wish you all the best, and hope you have a happy new year!
Eric, USA
A Statue was ordered on Dec 22nd and Paid 194.25 including FREE DELIVERY for me as a GIFT for Christmas and they Confirmed that it will be there in 4-5 days but it NEVER arrived till 30th of December and inspite of my various emails they only replied that it is being finished and will be shipped in 24hrs but that was a LIE and no further delivery information was every sent to me. I called and left a message on the phone number listed on their website which is a NY number but no one answered that phone and I left messages but no reply or update on my Statue was sent to me inspite of my daily emails to know the status. I still await this Statue but NO RESPONSIBLE REPLY.
Rita Wason
I got my order today. It was well packed and looks lovely.
Nirmaladevi, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2021 © Exotic India