Makers of Modern India

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Ramachandra Guha
Harvard University Press, Mar 31, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 500 pages
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Modern India is the world's largest democracy, a sprawling, polyglot nation containing one-sixth of all humankind. The existence of such a complex and distinctive democratic regime qualifies as one of the world's bona fide political miracles. Furthermore, India's leading political thinkers have often served as its most influential political actors‚e"think of Gandhi, whose collected works run to more than ninety volumes, or Ambedkar, or Nehru, who recorded their most eloquent theoretical reflections at the same time as they strove to set the delicate machinery of Indian democracy on a coherent and just path.

Out of the speeches and writings of these thinker-activists, Ramachandra Guha has built the first major anthology of Indian social and political thought. Makers of Modern India collects the work of nineteen of India's foremost generators of political sentiment, from those whose names command instant global recognition to pioneering subaltern and feminist thinkers whose works have until now remained obscure and inaccessible. Ranging across manifold languages and cultures, and addressing every crucial theme of modern Indian history‚e"race, religion, language, caste, gender, colonialism, nationalism, economic development, violence, and nonviolence‚e"Makers of Modern India provides an invaluable roadmap to Indian political debate.

An extensive introduction, biographical sketches of each figure, and guides to further reading make this work a rich resource for anyone interested in India and the ways its leading political minds have grappled with the problems that have increasingly come to define the modern world.


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User Review  - Amit Kumar - Flipkart

This provides an insight into the life and works of Indians whose contribution towards the Modern India has been immense. Though, there are many personalities who contributed even having a name in the ... Read full review

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The book written by Ram Chandra Guha are always detailed and covers the details which have been missed by other political writers, which he mentioned in his books candidly. It contained the political ... Read full review


Thinking through India
The Opening of the Indian Mind
Reformers and Radicals
Nurturing a Nation
Debating Democracy
Tradition ReAffirmed
India in the World
Guide to Further Reading

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Ramachandra Guha is one of the leading historians of modern India. His books include Environmentalism: A Global History and India after Gandhi.

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