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India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
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May 31, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, south-asia, history
Read in May, 2008

A fairly comprehensive history of post-Independance India. The book does a fairly good job of describing the challenges facing a newly independent India and how, despite everyones dire predictions of a nation that was bound to fall apart - it has managed to stick together. The books goes into some detail about the integration of the princely states into the republic. It also is thorough in its description of the writing of a modern constitution. While I was aware of the seperatist movements in Kashmir, Punjab and pseudo-separatist movement in Tamil Nadu, I was previously not familiar with such movements in Nagaland, Mizoram and the North East.

The book becomes considerably less detail oriented post-emergency. The Janata government, for example, is described in just a dozen pages.

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