Vishnu's Crowded Temple: India Since the Great Rebellion
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 worlds 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 Indias 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 countrys advance to the present day. Indias 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 Indias leaders today, as in the last sixty years, is to weave together the disparate threads of the nations ancient culture, colonial legacy, and modern experience.
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Review: Vishnu's Crowded Temple: India Since the Great RebellionUser 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
Review: Vishnu's Crowded Temple: India Since the Great RebellionUser Review - Adam - Goodreads
I love India, and all of its confusion, vitality, and variety. This intriguin, well-written book provides an interesting account of how the best laid plans always have unexpected results in this varied subcontinent. A 'must-read' for anyone interested in modern India. Read full review