India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy

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Pan Macmillan, 2008 - India - 300 pages
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Born against a background of privation and civil war, divided along lines of caste, class, language and religion, independent India emerged, somehow, as a united and democratic country. Ramachandra Guha's hugely acclaimed book tells the full story - the pain and the struggle, the humiliations and the glories - of the world's largest and least likely democracy.

While India is sometimes the most exasperating country in the world, it is also the most interesting. Ramachandra Guha writes compellingly of the myriad protests and conflicts that have peppered the history of free India. Moving between history and biography, the story of modern India is peopled with extraordinary characters. Guha gives fresh insights on the lives and public careers of those longserving Prime Ministers, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. But the book also writes with feeling and sensitivity about lesser known (though not necessarily less important) Indians - peasants, tribals, women, workers and musicians.

Massively researched and elegantly written, "India After Gandhi "is a remarkable account of India's rebirth, and a work already hailed as a masterpiece of single volume history.

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Extremely well researched and comprehensive. - Flipkart
... easy to read and understand.. - Flipkart
There are some very good photographs in the book. - Flipkart

A must read for every Indian

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A beautifully written book that covers the entire political, social and economic history of India since a little before independence till 2007. Extremely well researched and comprehensive. Leaves you ... Read full review

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Captivating through and through. Describes the enormity of the challenge faced by the builders of independent India very well. While the book gives us great insight into the life of our first PM, a number of the other major characters aren't fleshed out as well as they deserved to. Read full review

About the author (2008)

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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