- 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: 348 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
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.
Especially good for civil services for covering topics related to Post-Independence consolidation and re- organization within the country. Chapters relevant are 8 -12 but it's better to do it serial- wise because the contents are interconnected.
A thorough reading will provide a good base for civils mains.
Not biased towards anyone, and as much as you question it, comes off as the most sorted book on contemporary indian history.
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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