India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
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— Terry Pratchett"
India is world's largest but least likely democracy. But how it still survives?
To me, Indian history always meant what happened till 1947 (year of Independence) or perhaps my knowledge expands one little year further till Gandhiji's death. I was kept in the d ...more
In 1959, the Atlantic Monthly pitied India for having a democracy, when it might be better off as a military dictatorship. In 1999, the same magazine thought this very democracy had been India's saving grace.It has often been said that India is a young nation, and a diverse one. We Indians have been told this in school and swallowed it without a question. On reading India after Gandhi, the depth of those adjectives sink in. ...more
With all the surprises, the setbacks and, the pandemonium that is associated with Indian's freedom, we can surely say that democracy has not lost ...more
The first half, covering the decades under PM Nehru and the drafting of the Indian Constitution, is really inspiring. Nehru was an idealist who believed in social change; he worked with B.R. Ambedkar, an Untouchable who was the primary draftsman of the constitution, to keep India as a secular state and to overturn the caste system. Nehru also worked to protect minority groups such as women and Muslims, to create an economic and so ...more
A book that takes you through the fight of a young nation against the veritable elements threatening secularism, its dangerous but nevertheless great gamble with democracy, its idealist argument against the more realist one for alignment, its parenthood falling from that of great men of integrity to mortals with vanity, and the rise of populism on the price of constitutional democr ...more
When I was in school, in the mid-90s, our history lesson on I ...more
A reader may realize that how the lives of 1.2 billion people today have been affected by ...more
India After Gandhi is the book that bridges this gap by providing a first rate account of the various people that pa ...more
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— Terry Pratchett"
Going by what the previous reviewers have said, I personally started to feel the same while reaching mid-way through my reading. This fantastic book packs in it the comprehensive account of the country & its challenges post the independence, in a clearcut ...more
Crisply written, and at times quite scathing in its remarks, the book is a brilliant account of our history. The author has criticised and praised Nehru on different viewpoints, a trait not common in Indian literature.
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This book is an overwhelming piece of work but I am glad I chose to be overwhelmed . While it is true that Ramachandra Guha is a self professed admirer of Nehru , I cannot help but feel that he has written it from as objective a point of view as humanly possible . History is a contentious subject and therefore even the best of people who study history , whether from the right , left , or centre cannot he ...more
The book deals with the positives as well as the negatives of the past y ...more
Historian Ramachandran Guha, the author of Environmentalism: A Global History (1999) and The Unquiet Woods (1989), among others, and a current resident of Bangalore, writes of what he knows. Weighing in at nearly 900 pages, India After Gandhi successfully clarifies the convoluted history and contradictions of the world's second most populous nation. That Guha leaves questions unanswered in a book of this scope, as one critic asserts, might be considered nit-picking. To be sure, the author does c...more
The land had always been a land of empires and an attractive destination for migrant peoples and conquerors alike for as long as anybody could remember. For a hig ...more
As the author has correctly pointed out - there aren't many books which captures indi ...more
Events are stated with the significance of it, significance through various point of view. That makes this book unbiased and away from the prejudices of historians. This boo ...more
After a peripatetic academic career, with ...more