- 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy Paperback – 14 Aug 2008
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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
Coming to this book: the prose is not readable, just droning. Bland retelling of events. By trying to cover the whole post-Gandhi period in one volume, the book fails to cover any topic deeply or comprehensively. There are better books on this period of Indian History.
The book gives an objective view of the various major events that had shook the country. The only exception was the author's views on one of our earliest PM's, which I taught was not that objective and he had some positive personal bias towards him. It clearly tells about the context and scenarios that played out during, the wars we have had, the reservation system, caste abolition, split and merger withinin the congress, Jana Sangh etc. The book is neither jingoistic nor does it goes overboard in describing our country's various achievements.
If you want to know post independence history, this should be your choice.
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.
The book is written subjectively with references and views from many sides and the author judiciously provides his own opinion.
I also recommend this book to non Indians to know the truly remarkable story of 1 billion people.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book's printing quality is good. The text is crisp and clear.Published 16 hours ago by Satyam Rajput
Fast paced, covers a gamut of issues India faced during annexation and over that past 50 years , great read overallPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book... Not only for upsc but also fun to read...Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
An unbiased book to know the recent history of our country and helps to understand the present scenario.Published 29 days ago by Rajat Sharma
Surprsingly interesting read. Guha's style is simple and polished. He wont bore you any where in the 700 + page book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Well documented events though at times repetitive
Author has captured a panoramic sweep of modern history of the country. Read more