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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: 22.9 x 15.2 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one book I recommend to every Indian to understand what it means to be an Indian. The writer makes an important suggestion, that the history of India post independence, should be taught in schools, and how I wish I were taught so. What we are today is the consequence of what followed 1947. As one nation we are very young, though we have a a deep history before becoming one. The book showed me the many challenges we faced, internal and external, at a scale that I believe no other country has faced. Reading this book will help you to understand the root cause of the problems we face today and instill a sense of pride as you read this mammoth account of an unlikely nation that struggled against all odds and still remains a testament for democracy.
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.
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The book is of good quality and amazon delivered it on the third day. I am Currently reading this book and this review is based on the first 50 pages or so. If you love India the way it is and if you love history, do not wait for a second but jump and grab this. Don't get me wrong, but I am skeptic of Indian authors when it comes to non-fiction but this one proved me wrong. I was having goosebumps after the prologue. When I started the book, I knew for sure that I was dealing with something different. Hope to comeback and update this review once I finish the book.
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Just got this book few days back. Pages are of poor quality. Something could have done to improve the overall appearance of the book regarding pages!
As per the contents, I have started reading and to my surprise its nothing like educational history books which makes us yawn and sleep ( that happened during my school days) Its more like a Novel, a story book. Easy language.
I'm going to read more, Perhaps.
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A huge book, that will appeal both to casual and regular readers and to aspirants. The paper quality is good and light. The author has a great story telling ability and if you think Modern History is not your cup of tea, then this book is bound to surprise you.
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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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very interesting book...whether you are preparing for UPSC or not you can read it ,it deal with the ​origin of many problems of India that exist today also....It helps to make you understand contemporary India better..looking at volume initially I thought I would not be able to complete it but it was so interesting that I completed it in very less time
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The Book elaborates on all important epochs of Independent India... the adversities faced by the countrymen after its Independence and the subsequent sordid partition.. the troubled times of Emergency... India's war with its neighbours, etc.

It covers the history of the largest and most difficult to comprehend democracy on the globe which has been missed in all the history text books. Whatever I knew before reading this readers' delight was based on what I had heard from the seniors in our society.. but they can also have a very biased stance on the incidents that happened in India.

Ramachandra Guha does his best by giving an equivocal perspective on each and every important event of post Independent India.

Though, Amazon's Delivery was bang on in time (read within 48 hours)... I was a bit disappointed by the condition of the book.. as it looked to be a tad old...
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An Indispensable tome on post-independence India...., Mr. Guha is pioneer in the subject and matchless in authoritative skill. Certainly a must read and demands a place in the history collections ! very well deserved Sahitya Academy Award.
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