Vishnu's Crowded Temple: India Since the Great Rebellion

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Allen Lane, Jan 1, 2007 - India - 535 pages
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As it enters its sixtieth year of independence, India stands on the threshold of superpower status. Yet India is strikingly different from all other global colossi. While it is the world's most populous democracy and enjoys the benefits of its internationally competitive high-tech and software industries, India also contends with extremes of poverty, inequality, and political and religious violence.
This accessible and vividly written book presents a new interpretation of India's history, focusing particular attention on the impact of British imperialism on Independent India. Maria Misra begins with the rebellion against the British in 1857 and tracks the country's advance to the present day. India's extremes persist, the author argues, because its politics rest upon a peculiar foundation in which traditional ideas of hierarchy, difference, and privilege coexist to a remarkable degree with modern notions of equality and democracy. The challenge of India's leaders today, as in the last sixty years, is to weave together the disparate threads of the nation's ancient culture, colonial legacy, and modern experience.

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User Review  - Rushi - Goodreads

My rating: 4.25 / 5 Vishnu's Crowded Temple is an intriguing take on the history of modern India. As the title indicates, the book focuses on the politics of late British RAj in India and that of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

Solid, well-written history of India from the mid-19th century Raj to the present day. This book is easily accessible to someone without much background knowledge of India, and covers a great deal of material in an engaging, scholarly way. Clearly very well researched. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Maria Misra is university lecturer in modern history and fellow of Keble College, Oxford University. She is the author of "Business, Race, and Politics in British India," She lives in Oxford.

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