- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Arcade Publishing; Reprint edition (1 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611454123
- ISBN-13: 978-1611454123
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.8 x 20.8 cm
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But I digress. Tharoor's contribution is two-fold - one, he captures the success story that is India, the slow social mobility of depressed castes, the development of an Indian identity etc. which is necessary since most literature about India has been devoted to its problems, though since 1997 celebratory literature has found a thriving industry. Two, Tharoor's personal experiences echo those of the most dynamic class in India - the urban middle class - consisting of the entrepreneurs, the intelligentsia, and the artists. As such, while this is not subaltern history, it captures the experience of the people who are changing India.
If there is a slight discordant note, it is the obvious pleasure that Mr.Tharoor has in his own achievements, mentioned notably twice,at the end of the introduction and once about his reaction to the Emergency. But one can forgive him a little vanity for providing a quick read about India that is good prose and uplifting without being jingoistic.
Ofcourse, every human being is entitled to their view but Tharoor idolizes Nehru beyond limits. Nehru and for that matter most of the Indian elitist leaders of that era had little or no contact with India. Many of them like Nehru spent their entire childhood and youth in England and suddenly returned to their homeland with a sense of entitlement. Nehru and clearly Tharoor believes that he was the architect of India, thus allowing him to try out his half baked social theories on his countrymen which ultimately resulted in a mess of huge proportions. India trying to pull herself out of such mess can't be credited to leaders like Nehru but despite them. The credit goes to her people, her regular masses who have through ups and downs managed to maintain her calibre.
Tharoor tries to write a balanced account but instead sounds like a wide eyed fan-boy totally enamored by Nehru. It is not a bad read but certainly a very elitist summary of the 1st 60 years of India.
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