We would like to thank our many friends in India, Pakistan and Britain who have helped and advised us during the writing of this book, particularly the following: Patwant Singh, Delhi-born Delhi-phile, bon viveur and good friend, who wined and dined us and opened many doors; Meher Wilshaw; Kushwant Singh, the Doctor Johnson of Delhi, who is talented enough to be his own Boswell, and his wife, who encouraged us and told us jokes; Rear Admiral (Rtd) Krishna Nayyar, Mountbatten's token Indian, who regaled us with stories of the great man; Dr Freddie Mehta, Tata's man in Bombay, who helped us with introductions and advice, and who did his best to explain Indian economics to us; our old friend Maneck Dalal, Tata's man in London, who gave us the benefit of his guidance and immense experience from the outset of this enterprise; Syed Wajid Ali and Mian Mumtaz Muhammad Khan Daultana, both of whom remembered Jinnah not as an austere politician but as a warm and often jolly family friend; Mr Neil O'Brian, who put the case for the Anglo-Indian community most forcefully; Joya Chatterjee, who trekked across Delhi to lend us a copy of her excellent PhD thesis; Professor Ravinder Kumar, director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi; Dr S.H.M. Jafri and Dr Mohammad Ali Siddiqui, of the Pakistan Study Centre, University of Karachi, for their help and guidance; Niyatee Shinde and, as always, Vijay Nesargi, for much advice, many contacts, and for arranging a much-appreciated temporary membership of the Cricket Club of India, Bombay; Qutubuddin Aziz, passionate advocate of Pakistan and loyal defender of the late General Zia-ul-Haq; Rear Admiral (Rtd) Satyindra Singh, an unlikely Sikh sea‐ dog who writes English comic verse and has one of the shrewdest strategic brains we have met; Gorbachan Singh, diplomat and knowledgeable commentator on world affairs; Judge Narula, whose cold, clear eye on the people he met illuminated for us such diverse characters as Gandhi and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto; Balbir Singh Grewal, for his memories of the Mountbattens and the period of partition; Professor David Taylor of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University; Mark Tully and Gillian Wright for their courtesy and help; Barun De and H. M. Seervhai, historians extraordinary.
For giving us their time, memories, advice and hospitality, we also thank:
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Publication information: Book title: The Proudest Day:India's Long Road to Independence. Contributors: Anthony Read - Author, David Fisher - Author. Publisher: W. W. Norton. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1999. Page number: Not available.
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