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About the Author

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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  • 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)
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India after Gandhi is a fantastic book. It covers all important eventsfrom 1947 till 2005; the
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.
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A wonderful read! A must read for all those who wants to understand the events after independence that have lead to the state India is in today. Whatever the problems India is facing today, believe me, it's much better than any other countries, if they had gone through the similar incidences as we had after independence. My respect for the respective leaders of that time have grown many folds for the fact that, irrespective of the mistakes they made, they survived those stages of the new India's rise. It is not less than a miracle for a country like India to rise that too with an inclusive democracy. My respect for the survival of the India's democracy has also increased many folds. Historians like Guha are gifts to India for the fact that they can come up with such an amazing work. I will have to read it a couple of more times to get hold of all the things, it also amazes me how much work might have gone into compiling it.
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Good book. Elaborate details of India in making. Author's labeling of India as an unnatural experiment in contradiction is beautiful. Loved the extensive details of India's early days. Author's details of construction of bhakra nangal dam and the engineer consulted from abroad was funny as well as provoking serious thoughts on how Nehru approached modern India and its scientific temperament.

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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A good read for any one who wishes to know about the post independence history of India.Given from a neutral perspective.It covers all the current separatist and extremist movements troubling India and their origins, the origin of all regional political parties and the evolution of congress party.
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Go for Hardback copy of possible. Very interesting and informative work. Thoroughly researched and nicely presented. When I take it off the shelf, I'm deeply hooked. I'm still reading... It's seven hundred something pages long excluding notes and index.
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It was an addictive reading for me. Great piece of work by Guha. It will give an overall idea of India after independence. The writing has not come from one's feeling but facts and wide references which make this book much authentic. I don't know whether you can use this book for academic references but it certainly can enrich your knowledge.
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Good book.
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The quality of the book is amazing. Highly recommended.
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