India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy (Google eBook)
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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Review: India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest DemocracyUser Review - Zafar - Goodreads
Neutral and balanced. A must-read for every Indian who wants to get an overview of our post Independence history. Many of your myths about the Gandhis and contemporary events may change. Read full review
Review: India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest DemocracyUser Review - John A - Goodreads
a colossal compelling comprehensive coverage of the world's largest democracy, the author paints a vivid picture of the struggles, the hardships, the defeats, the glories, the miseries and triumphs ... Read full review
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