India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
The History of the World's Largest Democracy

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Born against a background of privation and civil war, divided along lines of caste, class, language and religion, independent India emerged, somehow, as a united and democratic country. Ramachandra Guha’s hugely acclaimed book tells the full story - the pain and the struggle, the humiliations and the glories - of the world’s largest and least likely democracy. While India is sometimes the most exasperating country in the world, it is also the most interesting. Ramachandra Guha writes compellingly of the myriad protests and conflicts that have peppered the history of free India. Moving between history and biography, the story of modern India is peopled with extraordinary characters. Guha gives fresh insights on the lives and public careers of those longserving Prime Ministers, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. But the book also writes with feeling and sensitivity about lesser known (though not necessarily less important) Indians - peasants, tribals, women, workers and musicians. Massively researched and elegantly written, India After Gandhi is a remarkable account of India’s rebirth, and a work already hailed as a masterpiece of single volume history.
 

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Ramachandra Guha's books cover a wide range of themes: they include a global history of environmentalism, a biography of an anthropologist-activist, a social history of Indian cricket, and a social history of Himalayan peasants. His entire career, he says, seems in retrospect to have been an extended (and painful) preparation for the writing of India After Gandhi.
 
Published February 10, 2011 by Pan. 870 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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India’s first postindependence government was marked by Jawaharlal Nehru’s admirable determination, in the face of the violence accompanying the partition of India and Pakistan, to establish India as “a democratic secular State where all citizens enjoy full rights and are equally entitled to the ...

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One journalist wrote that with her death India faced a “period of prolonged uncertainty,” a conclusion, Guha says, that “provided further proof of the late prime minister’s success in undermining institutions that stood between her and the nation.” A second son, Rajiv, took over after her death, ...

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The story of India since 1947 is in large part the history of Nehru’s descendants.

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The following correction was printed in the Observer's For the record column, Sunday 23 January 2011 India: A Portrait by Patrick French Buy it from the Guardian bookshop ...

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India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha 688pp, Macmillan, £25 It's in the nature of nations to be addicted to their own histories.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Ramachandra Guha's epic history of modern India, "India After Gandhi," tackles this apparent paradox: India is a seemingly piecemeal country that is unified - somehow - despite tremendous diversity of caste, language, religion and class.

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London Review of Books

Eventually, I settled for Sunil Khilnani’s The Idea of India, an urbane, readable and sometimes personal account by a historically-minded political scientist who, again, had worked on France – his first book was Arguing Revolution: The Intellectual Left in Postwar France.

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Vikram Johri San Jose Mercury News 4 of 5 Stars "In India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy, historian Ramachandra Guha looks at the 60 years since independence.

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'Patriots and Partisans' may not be enjoyed by all , given its serious content but it is definitely a great read for the reader base that will enjoy a good mix of politics and art.

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