The Idea of India

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Macmillan, Jun 4, 1999 - History - 263 pages
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The key book on India in the postnuclear era, with a new Introduction by the author.Our appreciation of the importance of India can only increase in light of the recent revelations of its nuclear capabilities. Sunil Khilnani's exciting, timely study addresses the paradoxes and ironies of this, the world's largest democracy. Throughout his penetrating, provocative work, he illuminates this fundamental issue: Can the original idea of India survive its own successes?
  

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Review: The Idea of India

User Review  - Chitra - Goodreads

His style is a tad too dry. I went through the first half very quickly, and then came to a complete halt. I must have read 5 other books in the meanwhile... Seemed very 'textbook'y, without much of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ashish Gourav - Goodreads

An excellent primer on the narrative of India. However, the monolithic take on the nationalist idea is a big disappointment. On a whole, if you can separate the wheat from the chaff, this book offers an informative ride. Read full review

Contents

ideas of india
1
democracy
15
temples of the future
61
cities
107
who is an Indian?
150
the garb of modernity
196
References
209
Index
243
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About the author (1999)

Sunil Khilnani, born in New Delhi and educated at Cambridge University, teaches politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. The author of Arguing Revolution, he is at work on a biography of Nehru (forthcoming from FSG).

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