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Roads to Freedom: Prisoners in Colonial India

Mushirul Hasan


In its most brutal form, the prison in British India was an instrument of the colonial state for instilling fear and dealing with resistance. Exploring the lived experience of select political prisoners, this volume presents their struggles and situates them against the backdrop of the freedom movement. From Mohamed Ali, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the Nehru family, and Gandhi, to communists like M.N. Roy—we get a vivid glimpse of their lives within the confines of the prison in a narrative that is at times deeply personal and yet political. The struggles of some remarkable women of the time are ... More

Keywords: political prisoners, prison, India, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, imprisonment, poetry, nationalism freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199458837
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mushirul Hasan, author
is former Professor of History, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.