India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy

India After Gandhi The History of the World s Largest Democracy 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 Guh
  • Title: India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
  • Author: Ramachandra Guha
  • ISBN: 9780330540209
  • Page: 298
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  • India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy
    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 IndiaBorn 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

    Ramachandra Guha was born in Dehradun in 1958, and educated in Delhi and Calcutta He has taught at the University of Oslo, Stanford, and Yale, and at the Indian Institute of Science He has been a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and also served as the Indo American Community Chair Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley.After a peripatetic academic career, with five jobs in ten years on three continents, Guha settled down to become a full time writer based in Bangalore His books cover a wide range of themes, including a global history of environmentalism, a biography of an anthropologist activist, a social history of Indian cricket, and a social history of Himalayan peasants Guha s books and essays have been translated into than twenty languages The prizes they have won include the U.K Cricket Society s Literary Award and the Leopold Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History.

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  • If you do not know where you come from, then you don t know where you are, and if you don t know where you are, then you don t know where you re going And if you don t know where you re going, you re probably going wrong Terry Pratchett India is world s largest but least likely democracy But how it still survives To me, Indian history always meant what happened till 1947 year of Independence or perhaps my knowledge expands one little year further till Gandhiji s death I was kept in the dark all [...]


  • Indians are better speakers than listeners, and Indian politicians especially so There probably never will be a completely satisfying book about India but this one really far exceeded what I could have expected In here is no talk about the Hindu way of life thank you Naipaul or other vague expressions and generalizations like that There is, in fact, the very opposite, a great diversity of voices looking at the subjects from different perspectives At a few times, I didn t agree with author s conc [...]


  • Just before a 3 week trip to India, I asked an acquaintance for the best book to read to help me gain perspective on this incredible country India after Ghandi was his instantaneous recommendation This is the perfect travelling companion for anyone who wishes to understand this great country India has 1.2 billion people, 22 official languages, a mixture of religions including the second largest Muslim population making up 20% of its society and yet is one of the most successful secular democraci [...]


  • Speaking of India the nation state, one must insist that its future lies not in the hands of God but in the mundane works of men So long as the constitution is not amended beyond recognition, so long as elections are held regularly and fairly and the ethos of secularism broadly prevails, so long as citizens can speak and write in the language of their choosing, so long as there is an integrated market and a moderately efficient civil service and army, and lest I forget so long as Hindi films are [...]


  • In 1959, the Atlantic Monthly pitied India for having a democracy, when it might be better off as a military dictatorship In 1999, the same magazine thought this very democracy had been India s saving grace It has often been said that India is a young nation, and a diverse one We Indians have been told this in school and swallowed it without a question On reading India after Gandhi, the depth of those adjectives sink in.


  • We Indians mostly read history, reluctantly though, only in school After that, the next dose of history comes from media in the form of debates and analysis Reading History as an hobby comes to negligible percentage of people This is mainly because of the aversion we develop during our history classes in school, courtesy the insipid and tedious nature of the school curriculum focusing on when and what rather than why and how When I was in school, in the mid 90s, our history lesson on India ended [...]


  • Sweeping history of India from its independence in 1947 to the early 2000s While Guha covers a broad range of topics He even includes an affectionate chapter on contemporary film and music , and tends to shy away from a formal argument as seen in a formal academic work, his thesis would be on the continuing endurance of democracy in India After the colonial period, India was poor, composed of some three hundred million people, with a literacy rate of 12%, with five hundred different polities an [...]


  • 4 I was least interested aware about Indian politics before picking this book Now, I want to explore so much Such is the way IAG draws you in.Not just politics, albeit formation of India Starting from drawing the constitution to uniting the states, origin and ideologies of emerging political parties.Insights about partition, roots of Kashmir issue, Tibet, relations with Pak and China, picking a national language, Hindu Act, reservations, Naxalites, Maoists, Mizoram and Nagaland revoltsIn spite [...]


  • Having finally finished this massive book, I feel I know much about India now Some parts are a little boring, but mostly it is hugely interesting to witness the biggest democracy on earth unfold after 1949 One is left with the feeling that it is a true miracle that India is still relatively stable, has not sunk into civil war and chaos and is still a democracy, for all its problems The book details the huge effort and labour it took to transform a colonized state and a very large one into a rea [...]


  • India is no longer a constitutional democracy but a populist one , this is one of the hard hitting ideas which this book puts forward No doubt such a commentary has not been written about India after its independence Detailed and lucid this book is a treat to all those who are interested in the idea of India You will never be bored with this book.With all the surprises, the setbacks and, the pandemonium that is associated with Indian s freedom, we can surely say that democracy has not lost in In [...]


  • Lest we begin taking the existence of India for granted In this book, Ramachandra Guha takes on the difficult job of instilling a reasonable degree of patriotism in your average armchair skeptic without resorting to India Pakistan jingoism or sanctimoniously reminding us of our glorious ancient history He succeeds magnificently by furnishing an insightful post independence albeit Nehruvian narrative history of India that sheds light on the unprecedented miracle that is the Indian nation state Th [...]


  • It s a slightly strange genre, these giant histories of the present Comparing to the other two i ve read The Fate of Africa A History of Fifty Years of Independence and Postwar A History of Europe Since 1945 this one takes the cake for sheer human scope India just has people than either Europe or Africa This kind of thing is inevitably always only a skimming of the surface, even if it is 900 pages long The point would have to be to find some shape to that surface, some grasping towards a unifie [...]


  • An excellent, thorough history of modern India, post independence.The first half, covering the decades under PM Nehru and the drafting of the Indian Constitution, is really inspiring Nehru was an idealist who believed in social change he worked with B.R Ambedkar, an Untouchable who was the primary draftsman of the constitution, to keep India as a secular state and to overturn the caste system Nehru also worked to protect minority groups such as women and Muslims, to create an economic and social [...]


  • A good compilation of post independence Indian history by Ramachandra Guha It also gives a good perspective to understand present day India The book is rich in detail and the writing style of Guha is brilliant and makes the book a very interesting read But at a few places Guha does compromise objectivity in favour of Nehru, especially in his telling about Nehru s grand centralized socialist economy and his foreign policy of Non Aligned movement India and the Non Aligned Movement both of which ar [...]


  • A very comprehensive history of modern India, and it s surprisingly interesting and gripping given that it is a historical record A must read for any one who wants to know how modern India came to be, esp for those of us who were not born when we were not the fast developing nation we are today Some of the descriptions and narratives are very transcending They make you fell nostalgic of an event even when you never were there in the first place It makes you proud and sad and excited and ashamed [...]


  • Never has history been told in such colour and with such emotion Rightly deserves to be called Guha s masterpiece A book that takes you through the fight of a young nation against the veritable elements threatening secularism, its dangerous but nevertheless great gamble with democracy, its idealist argument against the realist one for alignment, its parenthood falling from that of great men of integrity to mortals with vanity, and the rise of populism on the price of constitutional democracy Se [...]


  • India After Gandhi The History of the World s Largest Democracy, by Ramachandra Guha, is a deep and fascinating examination of the world s most populous democracy from the death of Gandhi to 2008 The book begins by examining the fracturing of the Indian National Congress, with Pakistan and India splitting into two nation states This led to a massive influx of internal refugee movements, and widespread violence between Muslim, Hindu and Sikh communities It is estimated than one million people di [...]


  • Text book history of India often and for most people including me, reaches a clincher by the midnight of 15th August 1947, the day of Independence What followed then after, for than a half a century is, usually, the privilege of intellectuals and quasi historians on social media It is like those Marvel movie after credit scenes that we all pretend to understand, and then silently google afterwards This book intends to be the Rosetta Stone in breaking that barrier.Though my reasons for reading w [...]


  • Interesting Covers a lot of ground in post independence India He has presented facts and quotes and tried to be as unbiased as possible with a very lucid style of writing But I d direct the reader to India Unbound by Gurcharan Das as well, without which this book seems incomplete as it mainly covers the political aspects of history India Unbound is a much practical and colourful account of the socioeconomic scene of the same period told in a much personal hence, relatable fashion It s amazing [...]


  • For us Indians, the history usually end with the Independence Day i.e Aug 15, 47 or specifically when Mahatma Gandhi died on Oct 30, 48 But what about the events after that, that rocked us and shaped our destiny, of what and who we are today The greatest experiment in democracy deserve an equal credit to share its story of ups and downs and what it has become as of today.India After Gandhi is the book that bridges this gap by providing a first rate account of the various people that participate [...]


  • In this book, Dr Guha has emanated out the true picture of how diversity has acted as a catalyst as well as a deterrent in shaping the history and future of world s largest democracy The book is a comprehensive description of the time of India s birth and growth At every point a reader can make comparison between then and now However, the biggest question that the book raises is What could have been A reader may realize that how the lives of 1.2 billion people today have been affected by the vis [...]


  • India After Gandhi is a monumental effort by Ramachandra Guha, and he does justice to it, considering the fact that it is a single volume It requires mammoth skill to present facts in an unbiased manner, of the largest democracy of the world As Guha rightly says, our knowledge of the Indian history ends at independence mostly Very few of our generation know the history of the nation after Independence I hope this book is the first in many books to fill this void.I am no scholar or intellectual t [...]


  • A very well written analysis of Indian history post Gandhi Guha is a wonderful historian since he not only chronologically records events, but explores from multiple vantage points the validity and importance of them as a critical historian, he is outstanding For an understanding of modern India, this is one among the books that deserve to be read closely.


  • As I set to type this review, I also seriously consider not doing so, on account of my naivete In all fairness, I am new to this genre and this book had been lying around for than a year in my shelf, till I started reading it after I had finished some 100 odd pages in a friend s copy.I have not read any other book that was so dense as this and yet so well paced The amount of information in each page is staggering The only book I know that has footnotes than this is, perhaps, the Infinite Jest [...]


  • There are history books that are interesting yet interminable and then there are history books that capture you with the eloquence of the author s passion and writing and the sheer volume of material that is both compelling and captivating Happily, Ramachandra Guha s well paced and fantastic book chronicling the nearly seven decades of the history of post independence India falls into the latter category and although it s a doorstop of a book, it s a glorious, glorious doorstop that I was honest [...]


  • History is simply fascinating, especially if it s about the biggest experiment of democracy done on India in 1947 Finally finished reading this massive book it s around 900 pages It gives a magisterial account of the events occurred in India since independence till the late 90 s and early 2000 s It captures the immediate aftermath of independence, challenges faced by the new nation in the early years, redrawing of the Indian Map on linguistic lines, consolidation of power by Nehru, wars with Pak [...]


  • INDIA AND INDEPENDENCE Ramachandra Guha has written a straightforward narative of the experience of India since Independence in 1947 The focus is primarily on political events but not at the expense of trying to get a view of the bigger picture.I wouldnt consider it a great book of analysis, but as an introduction to post independence India it is than adequate Many colourful characters populate this history, this most admirable being Nehru himself, unfortunately a Hindu extremist knocked off Ga [...]


  • Ramachandra Guha clearly brings out the problems and issues faced by the then independent India and thereafter in a lucid and objective manner What impressed me most was the succinct description of class, caste, regional and religious issues faced by an independent India without exemplifying his own prejudices I was struck with wonder and excitement at the vision and idealism of our leaders and the effort expended by them to make India a prominent nation among nations I was also impressed by the [...]


  • What makes India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha an absolute must read is the beautifully balanced way in which he celebrates the survival success of democratic India and at the same time acknowledges the numerous shortcomings and the failures we, as a nation, had to endure It is a 900 pages worth of astutely researched, carefully backed piece of work And despite its size, it leaves you wanting believe it or not, actually feels rushed at some places Ramachandra Guha comes across as a no bullsh [...]


  • If you do not know where you come from, then you don t know where you are, and if you don t know where you are, then you don t know where you re going And if you don t know where you re going, you re probably going wrong Terry Pratchett Going by what the previous reviewers have said, I personally started to feel the same while reaching mid way through my reading This fantastic book packs in it the comprehensive account of the country its challenges post the independence, in a clearcut simple lan [...]


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