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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User Review  - Sukanta Hazra - Goodreads

Very well written book on the founding concepts of the India and how those concepts have changed over the decades since Independence. Another of those books which gives you a good idea about the role ... Read full review

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User Review  - Siddharth - Goodreads

An analysis of ideas that have shaped our nation that it so rich and rewarding, it will make Pratap Bhanu Mehta's columns seem tame by comparison. Every line will improve your understanding of our history, every page will provoke your notions of it. THE definitive India book. 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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