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Atlas of freedom movement

An atlas, which traces historical events comprising the Freedom Movement of India in geo-spatial depiction, was released at the Geo Summit 2011, held at the Satyabhama University here.

Prithvish Nag, Director, National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO), said the atlas covered the period from 1850 AD till 1950, when the country was declared a sovereign republic.

The book covers a hundred years full of events — the First War of Independence, the dethroning of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, the two World Wars, the Partition of Bengal, civil disobedience, the Quit India Movement, famines, revolts, the formation of political parties, the demand for separate nations on religious lines terminating in independence and Partition of the country, Mr. Nag said in the preface.

“A team pored through research papers, biographies and books in libraries. It was a difficult task as we had to find events that happened in each city.

“For instance, in identifying the locations where Mahatma Gandhi addressed crowds during his visits to Chennai, the street names and buildings have changed. It was a difficult task with Kolkata also,” he said.

The cultural, historical patterns have been mapped in different periods, beginning with early European settlements in South Asia to expansion of the British Empire, the relatively unknown Wahabi and Kherwar movements, leading to the First War of Independence — which has been depicted in a map showing the dates and events that happened in different cities across the country in 1858.

“The atlas will be very useful for students preparing for competitive exams, including the Civil Services,” says Mr. Nag.

Priced at Rs.200, the book will be available at all the distribution centres of the NATMO across the country.

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