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India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
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Sep 08, 12

Read from August 20 to 29, 2012

Guha's history of post independence India is an excellent introduction to the difficulties Nehru faced aligning multiple interest groups under the ideal of a large representative democracy void of communal interests but respectful of how different citizens chose to identify themselves. His writing style is very readable, at times like fiction, and his chosen quotes from lead actors at the time all strike as relevant. He also takes quite a few interesting turns to help bring a bit of color to the story. For example, his detailed description of the enormous task chief election commissioner Sukumar Sen faced in setting up the first general elections in 1952 was fascinating. His coverage of international affairs and modern India including the rise of multiple political parties challenging the old Congress helped me to understand India's fractured political system today. This is definitely a worthwhile read for anyone interested in India. Looking forward to reading Makers of Modern India.
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