Midnight’s Descendants: A History of South Asia since Partition

I recently read John Keay’s Midnight’s Descendants: A History of South Asia since Partition. Like his earlier books on the history of India and China, this is a work written by a journalist, not an area specialist (though Keay seems to take a particular interest in South Asia judging by his oeuvre).

To be frank I’m not sure if I learned that much…and I don’t know much about South Asian history after 1945. But, it reaffirmed my intuitions that some of the ideologues who bandy extremely high casualty rates are doing a disservice to the real tragedies that have marred the subcontinent over the past century.

In any case, I do recommend this book to the 50% of the readers of this weblog who are not South Asian.

Note: I don’t have the time or interest to read Guha’s India After Gandhi. Also, my friend Reihan Salam has indicated to me it’s a more tendentious work than most are willing to admit.

2 thoughts on “Midnight’s Descendants: A History of South Asia since Partition”

  1. I will have to check this one out. I just started Narendra Singh Sarila’s book, “The Shadow the Great Game: The Untold Story of India’s Partition.” Has anyone here read it? Would be interested to hear others’ thoughts.

    And I agree with Reihan’s view of Ramachandra Guha. I’ve always found his cricket writing better than his political stuff. But maybe that’s just me…

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