Very rarely, you will find a historic occurence documented by multiple contemporaries in positions of note with their divergent point of views giving us multiple prisms to have a look at the same occurence, thereby ensuring helping us sift out fact from fiction and to eliminate the bias of the author. One such historic occurence is Indian Invasion of Hyderabad.
Have a look of the scope of subject matter. The main books, which I came across are below.
1. The End of An Era – KM Munshi, the Indian Agent General in Hyderabad
2. The Tragedy of Hyderabad – Mir Laik Ali, the Prime Minister of Hyderabad
3. Hyderabad of the Seven Loaves – Syed El Edroos, the Commander-in-Chief of Hyderabadi Army
4. Indian Government’s White Paper on Hyderabad
5. Tricolour Shall Fly Over Hyderabad – Raj Bahadur Gaur, from Telangana Armed Struggle
6. Telangana People’s Struggle and Lessons – Puchalapalli Sundarayya, from Telangana Armed Struggle, in retrospect
7. October Coup – Mohammed Haider, the Nizam Government’s Collector of Osmanabad
8. Hyderabad in Fetters – Moin Nawaz Jung, Nizam’s Revenue Minister and Representative to UN
9. Memoirs of Hyderabad freedom struggle – Swami Ramananda Teertha, Head of Hyderabad State Congress
10. The Story of the Integration of The Indian States – VP Menon, Sardar Patel’s main person for Integration of India
11. Sundarlal Report commissioned by Nehru over atrocities post invasion
12. The Freedom Struggle In Hyderabad – this is the official version of Indian Government
Besides this, there are the memoirs of Mountbatten’s secretary(sadly, I am not able to find the name of that book or the author) and the memoirs of Mirza Ismail. I doubt if Nawab of Chattri’s memoirs will talk anything about this. And, I am not able to trace any Pakistani accounts.
As and when I get to know of some, I will update this article. Any user inputs are welcome.
Except Sunderlal Report and the White Paper, all of them are personal memoirs, meaning we are looking at the story from a personal point of view, all from position in authority, having their own prioroties and biases. That makes this event more interesting to read about, as a student of history, as a student of politics and as a student of human psychology.
Just two days before, I received a copy of Laik Ali’s book(I never even guessed it is available in India – the only reference I found of it’s existence is of a book shop in Old City where the shop keeper sells you a xerox copy of the book). It’s a Telugu translation by name Hyderabad Vishaadam, of which the last I checked, there is only one copy available in Amazon. The toughest to find are the ones written by Moin Nawaz Jung, El Edroos, KM Munshi(available with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan), Raja Bahadur Gaur(Kinige – Telugu), Mohammed Haider(Kinige – Telugu) and Laik Ali. Mohammed Haider’s is a recent publication and a superb read – the poor soul didn’t have the guts to publish the book when he was alive. Rest all of them are available online. And the reason why I was not able to name Mountbatten’s secretary’s one is because it’s not that an easy one to trace, but is lying around with me somewhere.
1. Mountbatten’s secretary is Alan Campbell Johnson and the book is Mission with Mountbatten. I won’t comment on it’s merits till I am over with it.