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India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
 
 
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India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy [Paperback]

Ramachandra Guha
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14 August 2008

India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy focuses on the significant events in the history of India which highlight the core of its past and present, its politics, culture and society. The chapters in the book deal with the struggle which India faced post almost a century of colonization, the components of Indian culture, the return of caste and the revival of religion and the effects of war and globalization. The book is also concerned with providing insights into the life of India's first Prime Minister, the troubled times of emergency during Indira Gandhi's regime, the liberation of Bangladesh and the lives of farmers, musicians, tribals and workers. India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy meticulously describes how a country plagued by the evils of discrimination in terms of caste, creed, religion and language rose to form the world's largest democracy. A detailed account of events that shook the foundation of India and the events that helped in joining the broken pieces together is given in this thoroughly researched and well written book. The book was first published in the year 2007. It is available in paperback and the publisher is Picador. This Indian ed edition was published on 14th August, 2008.

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  • India After Gandhi was chosen as the Book of the Year by the Economist, the Wall Street Journal and Outlook, among others.
  • The book won the Sahitya Akademi Award for English in the year 2007.

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About the Author

Ramachandra Guha is a historian with major interests in the field of social, environmental, political and cricket history. Guha holds a B.A. degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College (1977) and is a post graduate from the Delhi School of Economics with a fellowship from the IIM- Calcutta. He has won the Padma Bhushan Award, R.K. Narayan Prize and the U.K. Cricket Society's Literary Award. Ramachandra Guha is an avid columnist along with being an author of books like the Picador Book of Cricket, Patriots and Partisans and the Wickets in the East.

Product details

  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Indian ed edition (14 August 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330505548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330505543
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Good compilation by Ramachandra Guha. Writing style is simple and yet attractive. Gives a broad perspective to understand the present India. This book talks about the events from 1947 to 1985 in detail, but post 1985 history is not discussed in the same manner. It gives only a vague idea about the political events from 1992 to 2005, and post liberalisation economics.
Simply, we can call the book as 'India, After Gandhi, Before Rajiv'. However, given the extent it discusses about Nehruvian era and Indira Gandhi's time, we can say that Guha has done an extensive research. Respect...
This book really is a treasure...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book to recap history of india 30 September 2013
By Veera
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Good narration of events happened supported by nice quotes. Book is addictive and takes back reader to the past. Like it very much.
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This book is very good in representing modern Indian history.
It's very good for those preparing for civil services examination, as well as any interested reader of contemporary India.
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Whole lot of interesting facts summarized in this book. A tribute to Indian democracy capturing the pain and the struggle, the humiliations and the glories.
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The Book elaborates on all important epochs of Independent India... the adversities faced by the countrymen after its Independence and the subsequent sordid partition.. the troubled times of Emergency... India's war with its neighbours, etc.

It covers the history of the largest and most difficult to comprehend democracy on the globe which has been missed in all the history text books. Whatever I knew before reading this readers' delight was based on what I had heard from the seniors in our society.. but they can also have a very biased stance on the incidents that happened in India.

Ramachandra Guha does his best by giving an equivocal perspective on each and every important event of post Independent India.

Though, Amazon's Delivery was bang on in time (read within 48 hours)... I was a bit disappointed by the condition of the book.. as it looked to be a tad old...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Positively riveting....... 7 April 2014
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For both kind of readers, whether preparing for competitive exam or reading just for patriotic curiosity, this book's gonna serve you well..........It almost draws you into the India of last 60 years and makes history, often thought about as plain boring, look like a drama novel inspired from many historical figures...........Read it to know your country better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NO OTHER BOOK IS BETTER THAN IT 7 April 2014
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IF U WANT TO KNOW ABOUT INDIA THEN IT WILL SERVE THE PURPOSE BETTER ....HAVE A COPY ON UR SELF ...UR MOST OF QUESTION WILL END WITH THE COMPLETION OF BOOK ...
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By Nihar
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The book's starting: in all the textbooks taught in schools and in general history is considered as the pre-independence era of India. Whereas the post-independence era was thye one which saw more changes and fight for power and things that influenced India ,its demographic and the economy setting the foundation for the democracy it was to become.
APT!. The facts mentioned are a must know for all indians since there is little awareness, especially in my generation(21yrs and younger) about what actally happened and the turn of events that led to the India we see today.

It was years of toiling and tough times and govt blunders from which we have arrived where we are today.For everyone who wishes india to become a superpower, first see the times through which is has gone.
You will appreciate that we have come a loooong way..

Please READ!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
The book is so interesting that I took no more than 10 days to complete it despite its sheer size and large number of pages(896). This book gives a sensation of reading a novel. Read more
Published 17 days ago by jayant
5.0 out of 5 stars No words to say !
No words to say. I think this is the best book written about India after independence....
Language is very much simple, anyone can understand it. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Dipta Suryya Mahanta
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and comprehensive history from 1946 till 1985.
This is a good book of history narrated with special emphasis to conflicts. In his foreword, Ram Guha says that conflicts in India can be categorized as that as arising on the... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Sathish Venkat
4.0 out of 5 stars India's History
Personally I hate history.
But this book makes it interesting.

I like the style and the way the author presents it.

I recommend it.
Published 28 days ago by Mani Murugesan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Everyone should must read this book to get a comprehensive view of what happened after the independence.Nice book to have.
Published 29 days ago by RAJTHILAK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work
A must read for all Indians... A singular work which gives an insight into the trajectory of India's history after independence...
Published 1 month ago by jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book,There are only 898 pages not 960
Amazon's service is undoubtedly better than flipkart , great packaging.
Have only read few pages , the author has written the book in a very lucid manner.
Published 1 month ago by M PRAJWAL

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