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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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  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MUHAMED YASIR on 18 April 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By zoro19 on 19 September 2013
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Let me tell you first and foremost,i am not a fan of history. As a child, i am sure i was not the only one who found history and my history teacher to be the worst epidemic inflicted on young minds. Young minds that dint relate to rote learning - years and causes and consequences. After having forgotten all of my rote learned history after leaving school over the last 11 years, I came across a narrative from this book from my unscrupulous boss! (only they have the time to read books while we slog away at work and die on our beds as soon as we are home). I am still on my way down this book and I continue to be amazed with amount of research and history that has been condensed into something that is interesting to read, eventhough it happened more than half a century ago! I am discovering answers to questions which were not answered when I was reading these chapters in my political science class in the 12th standard. It was unrelated and boring and definitely not scoring for me. As i read this today, I feel like i would have been able to write a better answer had i read this book. Mr Guha has done a splendid job by combining history with actual incidents and a flow that makes it easy for the mind to absorb.Names that havent been heard off. People who are the back bone that were left out in the usual tradition of praising the Gandhi and Nehru family.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sathish Venkat on 24 March 2014
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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 basis of religion, region, language, gender and caste. In the next 530 or so pages, he looks at post independence history and documents conflicts in a chronological order.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AGK on 8 September 2013
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For me born about 37 years ago, Post independence Indain history was merely the Social Studies classes that I had attended from class 1 to class 5. Rajagopalchari was merely 1st governor General of independent India, Jaiprakash Narayan Social worker, Sardar Patel First home minister, Nehru as potrayed on T.V and as first Prime mninister of India and Mahatma Gandhi as father of Nation. Indira Gandhi First woman Prime Minister of India, Sheik Abdulla father of Farooq Abdulla, B.R Ambedkar, V.P Menon, 72 aggression, chinese agression, Kashmir issue.

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
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nimish Dubey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 June 2014
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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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