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India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
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Oct 02, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction, india, history, political, economic, democracy, pakistan, partition, mohandas, k, gandhi, jawaharlal, nehru, wellington, public, library

This is a superb book. In clear, measured prose, Indian polymath Ramachandra Guha (author of other excellent books on topics as diverse as cricket and environmentalism) outlines and explains the complicated political, economic, diplomatic, environmental, military and cultural factors which have transformed the India of 1947, newly independent and riven by Partition, into the India of today. The book is particularly strong on the ways in which democracy has taken root in India. It's long - my edition ran to 771 pages, plus copious notes - but so clearly written that it is not a chore to read. If you are at all interested in India, or in modern history, I highly recommend this book.
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