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India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy

India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy


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  • Ramachandra Guha
  • ISBN13: 9780330505543
  • ISBN10: 0330505548
  • Language: English
  • Author: Ramachandra Guha
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan India
  • Publishing Date:2008
  • Pages: 944
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Category: Award Winners
  • SUPC: 1036987


India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy is an intricately researched book that captures India's triumphs and failures in the last sixty years.
Summary Of The Book
India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy, published in 2007, takes an in-depth look into the history of this country, since its independence from the British Raj in 1947. The author has skillfully reconstructed the last six decades of India's past. Guha explains how the country was divided by religion, caste, language, and yet it established itself as an independent, united, and democratic nation.
India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy studies the conflicts and glories that the world's largest and least likely democracy has gone through. This book focuses on the integration of Muslims and Hindus post-partition, the defeat against the Chinese, and the extraordinary execution of elections. Guha has also given fresh insights into the life of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. This book also focuses on Indira Gandhi's resolve lead to the liberation of Bangladesh. Furthermore, the book speaks of the dark days of the Emergency, which lead to the abolishment of civil liberties and judicial independence. In addition to analysing well-known personalities, Guha has also covered the lives of farmers, musicians, tribals, and workers.
India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy presents the contrasting picture of India, and shows readers how India's strength lies in its democracy. The book has been meticulously researched, and beautifully written. It won the Sahitya Akademi Award for English in 2011, and has been chosen as the Book of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Outlook.
About Ramachandra Guha
Ramachandra Guha, born in 1958, is an Indian author, columnist, and historian. He specializes in cricket, social, environmental and political history.
Guha is the author of The Picador Book of Cricket, Patriots & Partisans, Wickets in the East, and Gandhi Before India.
The author graduated with a BA degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College in 1977, and then joined the Delhi School of Economics to complete his post graduation. Guha completed a Fellowship programme from IIM-Calcutta, and for the next fifteen years taught at Berkeley, Stanford University, Yale University, the Indian Institute of Science, amongst others. In 2011, he became the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Guha is a columnist for Hindustan Times and The Telegraph. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and he is the recipient of the 2009 Padma Bhushan Award. He has also won the R. K. Narayan Prize, and the U.K. Cricket Society's Literary Award. Guha lives with his wife, and their two children.

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Khalil Sawant
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May 03, 2013
Lucid reading of India's last 60 years

As lucid an explanation of all important things happened to India since Independence, as you can get. Leaves feeling you nice about our country and not negative Book was good quality as expected

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Syed Musaddiq
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Dec 19, 2013
Worth to be rated 5

Light weight book (not the weight as you expext for about 100 pages book). Printed in a clear and vivid font. Contains pictures related to the topics adding extra information to the book and also to the readers knowledge. Nicely written with a deep research. In short this book is very informative i.e. a best buy!

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Mar 15, 2014
Authoritative and a good read

RC Guha is one of the best writers in the league. Wanting to had this book in my collection for a long time.

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biswajit chakraborty
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Mar 09, 2015
Informative and Comprehensive

The author takes a very objective view of what happened in india post Gandhi's death. Though his affection for Nehru is evident,the flow is wonderful.Dont get frightened by the size of the book.It truly captures the pains and struggles of the Indian democracy.

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Sep 16, 2013
Nice book to know many concepts

Knowledgeable Book !!!

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Jun 10, 2013
Excellent Read...

Succinctly written

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Jul 03, 2013
Phenomenal Book..

Very well written and informative

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