A Sociopolitical approach to Azadi: A novel by Chaman Nahal

Chaman Nahal narrates his experiences during his stay at a private guest-house in one of the hill resorts, where one of his friends had recommended. It covered all the facilities that generally lacked in advertisements; and it was a silent resort.

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Press views on Chaman Nahal’s novel AZADI:

“Here is India. India colorfully, penetratingly, amusingly and agonizingly. No one but an Indian could have written this book, and not many Indians would do it as well as Chaman Nahal.”

Books, Chapters in Books, and Dissertations on Chaman Nahal

“Here is India. India colorfully, penetratingly, amusingly and agonizingly. No one but an Indian could have written this book, and not many Indians would do it as well as Chaman Nahal.”

“Chaman Nahal is refreshingly unpretentious.”  ~ Amrit Bazar Patrika, Calcutta, on My True Faces
(book on Modern Indian English Fiction by O.P. Mathur; contains chapter on Chaman Nahal)

Cover jackets of various books by Chaman Nahal

("Freedom"), which won the award of the Sahitya Akademi (India's national academy of letters), employs an entirely different style. It is a straightforward account of a rich Hindu grain merchant and his family. The novel begins in mid-1947 with the people of Sialkot (now in Pakistan) hearing the announcement regarding partition, but they refuse to believe that they now have to move. Nahal shows how Kanshi Ram the Hindu, Barkat Ali the Mohammedan, and Teja Singh the Sikh share the same Punjabiculture and language, and consider Sialkot their homeland. Meticulous attention to details and a firsthand knowledge of the life of the characters enable Nahal to make the plight of the refugees real to the reader. The novel ends with a sadly depleted family trying to begin life anew in Delhi. has none of the sensationalism of other novels about India's partition, such as Khushwant Singh's or Manohar Malgonkar's Nahal shows the cruelty as well as the humanity of both sides. The novel also shows the maturing of Arun, Kanshi Ram's only son, but the account of his love, first for Nur, the Muslim girl left behind in Pakistan, and then for Chandni, a low-caste girl who is abducted on the way to India, is not as gripping as the rest of the novel.

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Press views on Chaman Nahal’s novel AZADI:

Nahal will be truly missed in the literary world by hundreds of his students, colleagues and fans. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, two grandsons and one grand daughter-in-law. It is an honor for a writer to have their works taken by a major national library and Chaman Nahal received that honor when a couple of years ago, the Nehru Memorial Library, New Delhi, India acquired his books, his manuscripts, letters from fans, newspaper cuttings and other materials. A complete listing of these materials at the Nehru memorial Library can be found at:

Dr. Chaman Nahal, New York @ 1983~~~~~  Dr. Nahal & Dr. Sudarshna Nahal, New Delhi @ 1982-83

Research papers or journal articles on Chaman Nahal

Chaman Nahal, well-known Indian novelist passed away on the morning of Friday November 29, 2013; he was 86. A true renaissance person, Nahal was a professor and scholar, creative writer of novels and short stories, writer of children’s book, managing director of a journal, The Humanities Review and chairperson of the CN Gandhi Foundation, Nahal is most remembered for his novel AZADI (Freedom) for which he received the Sahitya Akademi award in 1977. Written originally in English, AZADI was translated into numerous languages, including Urdu and Punjabi. Nahal also received the Federation of Indian Publishers award in 1977 and 1979. Nahal’s other works include three scholarly books, nine creative works, three children’s books, one memoir, four other books covering philosophy and biographies and hundreds of articles. Nahal also wrote a regular column for The Indian Express from 1966-73 Nahal was Professor of English, University of Delhi 1963-1992; besides also lecturing in England, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Italy and other places. Nahal was that unique renaissance individual; very prolific, constantly reinventing himself and giving his admirers new and different books. “Chaman Nahal's distinction lies in writing about India without any touch of exoticism; he scrupulously avoids the stereotyped "East" of maharajahs, tigers and snakecharmers.” ( ).