- 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 (306 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226 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
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.
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My interested read ever. . . Its not like normal books stating facts but a review of Indian history and the book has collected source from almost inaccessible places.. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ramesh
Every citizen of India should read this book . shall understand that freedom enjoying now were the selfless sacrifices by the esteemed leadership of that generation. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is almost like a novel. I bought it for the preparation for Civil Services exam. Once I picked up the book, I just could not stop reading it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gaurav Sharma
Contrary to perception i didnt find it biased or anti BJP..anti right wong offcourse...lots of important takes from the book..Published 1 month ago by shashwat verma