‘The rarest of the species, a genuinely independent-minded Indian intellectual’ Times of India
In this wide-ranging collection of essays, Ramachandra Guha defends the liberal centre against the dogmas of left and right, and does so with style, depth and polemical verve. Among the subjects on which he turns a critical eye are Hindutva, the Communist left, and the dynasty-obsessed Congress party. Whether writing about politics, profiling individuals or analyzing social trends, Guha displays a masterly touch, confirming his standing as India’s most admired historian and public intellectual.
About the Author
Born and raised in Dehradun, Ramachandra Guha studied at the Delhi School of Economics and at the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, where he wrote a doctoral dissertation on the Chipko movement. He has pioneered three distinct fields of historical inquiry: environmental history (as in The Unquiet Woods, 1989), the social history of sport (A Corner of a Foreign Field, 2002), and contemporary history (India after Gandhi, 2007). His other books include Savaging the Civilized: Verrier Elwin, His Tribals, and India (1999), soon to appear in a new edition from Penguin. He is now working on a major biography of Mahatma Gandhi, the first volume of which will be published by Penguin towards the end of 2013. Guha’s awards include the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History, the U. K. Cricket Society Prize, the Malcolm Adiseshaiah Prize for Excellence in Social Science, the Sahitya Akademi Award, and the Padma Bhushan. His books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages.