India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy (Google eBook)

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Pan Macmillan, Feb 10, 2011 - History - 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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Amazing read. I am highly impressed by the writing style. It touches on various aspects of India (not just political), For me personally it was a great resource of knowledge about not just politics ... Read full review

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I'm not normally a fan of non fiction, but for any Indian child from the 80s this is a must. The history we are taught ends at independence and I discovered (to my shame), i had no clue what happens ... Read full review

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Contents

Freedom and Parricide
3
The Logic of Division
25
Apples in the Basket
35
A Valley Bloody and Beautiful
59
Refugees and the Republic
84
Ideas of India
103
The Biggest Gamble in History
127
Home and the World
151
Leftward Turns
416
The Elixir of Victory
445
The Rivals
467
Autumn of the Matriarch
493
Life Without the Congress
522
Democracy in Disarray
546
This Son also Rises
575
Rights
605

Redrawing the Map
180
The Conquest of Nature
201
The Law and the Prophets
226
Securing Kashmir
242
Tribal Trouble
261
The Southern Challenge
281
The Experience of Defeat
301
Peace in Our Time
338
Minding the Minorities
362
War and Succession
387
Riots
633
Rulers
660
Riches
692
A Peoples Entertainments
720
Why India Survives
744
Acknowledgements
773
Notes
776
Index
867
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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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