- 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 (359 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319 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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Ramachandra Guha's books cover a wide range of themes: they include a global history of environmentalism, a biography of an anthropologist-activist, a social history of Indian cricket, and a social history of Himalayan peasants. His entire career, he says, seems in retrospect to have been an extended (and painful) preparation for the writing of India After Gandhi.
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Top Customer Reviews
achievements of various prime ministers, origin of Kashmir issue, the formation ofstates on
linguistic basis, issues of the tribes, reservationsin jobs and education, crucial reforms, riots,
wars etc. It includes opinions of journalists, political leaders and historians (national and
international) of that time. The book does not focus as much on the post - Rajiv Gandhi era
as it does on the Nehru and Indira Gandhi era.
It is surprising that the history we were taught in school only includes independence
struggle. The events after 1947 are actually more important than those before
independence, for today social media is full of fanatics making ridiculous statements.
It is difficult to form an opinion on an issue if one does not know history. For example, most
of the widely shared statements/images on social media demand the removal of
reservations. If the origin of this problem is known, one would understand the social
implications of such a step and the chaos it would create.
I am glad that I read this book and highly recommend it to those who find it hard to
understand our country's social, economic and political problems.
One problem with the book is that it is too bulky and cannot be read on hand. It needs an external support something like a table or reading support.Publisher could have put serious thoughts on releasing it in two volumes. I recommend this book.
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The book presents itself as a leading manuscript of our age recording the shared history of the people in this subcontinent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deepu Shaji
This is the real history of India everyone needs to read about in addition to our colonial past. The book rightly says that all school textbooks stop at the point when India became... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Apoorv