- Paperback: 960 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Indian ed edition (14 August 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330505548
- ISBN-13: 978-0330505543
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 4.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book gives me an detailed insight of the contributions these greats and some not so great individuals and events that have contributed. Now I cherish the independence,the Fundamental rights and secularism in this country which was a result of their efforts.
Well researched and compiled for easy read. the Book is written like a story book where India is the protagonist. Flow is superb Does not limit itself to politics also takes through business, Indias development also how the indians were entertained.
Though the book was mammoth in size but it ws a interseting reading.I felt it was linient towards Nehru, which I may be wrong.
I would say a fantastic contibution to Indian History.
Thanks to Amazon for the discounted price during Independecs day sale and quick delivery
The personalities of Gandhi, Nehru, Indira, Sheikh Abdullah get decent coverage. Non-political relationships of these personalities are not mentioned. For example, there is only one sentence about Kamala Nehru, nothing at all about Gandhi's wife or children. There is one, sarcastic in my opinion, statement about Edwina Mountbatten. This is a dispassionate narration of history, can be used also as reference material. Conspiracy theories and urban legends are not mentioned. So Lal Bahadur Shastri's and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee's deaths are just written as data points, nothing more.
Events covered are Partition and aftermath, the wars with China and Pakistan, Elections, 5 year plans, Emergency and Political alignments/re-alingments. Issues covered are secularism, terrorism, caste & gender inequality, foreign relations.
One disadvantage is the abundance of information and becomes quite overwhelming on the readers memory. I think it is unavoidable in a history book of this nature. If someone wants to get a birds eye overview of the entire 1946-1990 period, then this is the book to buy.
I would recommend anyone including children who is least interested in knowing about historical events that led up to the Indian independence. It doesnt matter which Indian politician you like/dislike from that era, this book is sure likely to change your opinions on a lot of things and put in a fresher perspective history that was in the making after independence.
A splendid job done Mr Guha.
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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