Indigo is a book by Louis Fischer that tells the story of the struggles and triumphs of the people of the Indian independence movement. The book covers the period from the early 1900s to the 1940s and follows the lives of several key figures in the movement, including Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
The book begins with the rise of Gandhi, who emerged as the leader of the independence movement in the 1920s. Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violent resistance, or satyagraha, inspired millions of Indians to fight for their freedom from British rule. He led several successful campaigns against the British, including the Salt Satyagraha, which was a campaign of civil disobedience against the salt tax imposed by the British government.
As the independence movement grew in strength and popularity, Gandhi became a symbol of hope and inspiration for the people of India. Despite facing numerous challenges and setbacks, he remained steadfast in his commitment to non-violent resistance, and his message of peace and non-violent change resonated with people all over the world.
Alongside Gandhi, other key figures in the independence movement included Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Nehru, who later became the first Prime Minister of India, was a leader of the Indian National Congress, the main political party in the independence movement. Patel, meanwhile, was a key strategist and organizer and played a vital role in uniting the various factions of the independence movement.
As the struggle for independence continued, the British government faced increasing pressure to grant India its freedom. In 1947, India finally achieved independence, and Gandhi’s dream of a free and independent India became a reality.
Overall, Indigo is a powerful and inspiring tale of courage and determination, and a testament to the enduring human spirit of the people of India.