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India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
 
 
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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 (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A number of books have been written about India post-1947, but nothing quite equals Mr Guha's India After Gandhi. And that is because the author takes a very objective view of what happened in the nation in the period post the death of the Mahatma - he makes no excuses for anyone (although his affection for Nehru is evident) and pulls no punches. But most of all, it is his narration that makes the book the classic it is - there is wonderful flow here, with loads of trivia intermingled with serious discussions, and more than the odd glimpse of ironical humour. Do not get intimidated by its size - this is a book that you will finish within a few days of starting it. Yes, it is THAT good. If there is one book that you must read on modern India, it is this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing recount of India's recent history 27 July 2014
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It is a must read for anyone who wants to have a true and unbiased view of India's recent past and who wants to know why India acted the way it did. Not just from a political perspective, this masterpiece covers all aspects of an Indian life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book to recap history of india 30 September 2013
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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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India After Gandhi is every Indian's delight and to say the least, pride. Arming the post independence history of India in 775 pages has been handsomely done by Guha. Every chapter, every page and every sentence is a saga of Indian subcontinent. Guha succeeds in providing unbiased perspective of post independence Indian history upto 4th chapter after which he shares his own perspectives too. It is a must read for all Indians to know their country better. This book has changed my perspective and the way I used to look at and think about my country. IAG is an amazingly wonderful work of Guha.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for every Indian.. 17 October 2014
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The book is a must have for any enthusiast who wants to know India's post independence history which is unfortunately known by less people. This book is may be the only one which has an account of all the important events which shaped India's future.
The book is mainly elaborated till 1991 and post that it is a summary of the events as witnessed by Mr. Guha himself.
I would have personally liked that area to be more detailed.
Overall the book is a must read.

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It is an excellent book written on post independent India. The writer has painted a vivid picture of the turn of events that independent India has faced. Particularly engrossing are the details of Kashmir issue. Really hope that Ramchandra Guha would write a book dedicated to Kashmir!!!!
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