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India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy Paperback – 19 Jul 2017
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Ramachandra Guha was born in Dehradun in 1958 and educated in Delhi and Calcutta. He has taught at the universities of Oslo, Stanford and Yale and at the Indian Institute of Science. He has been a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and also served as the Indo-American Community Chair Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley.
After a peripatetic academic career, with five jobs in ten years in three continents, Guha settled down to become a full-time writer, based in Bengaluru. His 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.
Guha’s books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. The prizes they have won include the UK Cricket Society’s Literary Award and the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History. In 2008, Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines nominated Guha as one of the world’s one hundred most influential intellectuals. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for services to literature and education. In 2015, he was awarded the Fukuoka Prize for contributions to Asian culture and scholarship.
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Although it's a huge novel of around 800 pages, but once you sit with it you get so engrossed that you just can't leave it in between. Maybe it's not the best book if you are preparing for any competitive exam but otherwise it is certainly a book every Indian must read -wonderfully and deeply researched consolidated form of post independent history of India.
"No Other Book" comes even close in describing the events of 70 years journey of Independent India and how it has shaped our present. It's not just about the political history but talks about real meaning of democracy to a common man , freedom of speech, ethnicity, communalism, federalism , culture and other similar aspects.
This is the most authentic source to know about the actual facts for any lay man instead of reading the manipulated history told by politicians via speeches and social networking platforms.
It is a book that will transform you from semi-literates to literates as far as post independent history is concerned. And only semi-literates can be manipulated by the discourses established with an agenda and not based on facts.
Books such as these should be built to last few decades at least. Bulk/Mass publishing in paperback with cheap paper is useless. Why is there no HardBound edition available in India, even if the price it on bit Higher side? I have returned this back to "BOOKWALE, HYD" after taking a look at it. Very disappointed or not Happy about how such a huge book as this is constructed. I think it is the author and Publishing House both to decide how a book should go into Public and looks like they both do not worry about it. Useless. I prefer a "Kindle Version" of this book than Hard Copy simply wasting my rack space. Off Course, i have no complaints with content of this Book. ( it is Awesome ). I am voicing my opinion/concern/dissatisfaction about worst built of the BOOK Only.
How many of you knew that somnath temple was destroyed many time. Every time destroyed , it was built. But, last time it was destroyed under Aurangzeb.Then it was left in shambles.
After independance, people of india, all alike paid money to build it. President , PM , Home minister and others were invited to inogrates the temple.
Nehru not only refused to come, he advised Rajendra prasad not to go. But rajendra prasad, patel went .
Nehru's pretext was that government can't lean toward a religion.I t must remain secular. And called Rajendra prasad first of medivalist in free india.
Nehru was right. But it was innogration of temple, plunderd many time in history. It was not a ceremoney to declare official religion. It was related to respecting peoples faith.
Finally, history also got to see that he married his daughter to muslim man who was first given hindu title. Question rises
Was he so intolerant that he could not merry his daughter to muslim man becouse of his faith.
It was a monkey business of hijaking the title of gandhi, cause nehru had no boy hair of himself. So technically, nehru title was to die.
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