So, they’re pretty normal, really. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Nov 07, S. 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-stat Lest we begin taking the existence of India for granted. Moving between history and biography, the story of modern India is peopled with extraordinary characters. India Unbound is a much more practical and colourful account of the socioeconomic scene of the same period told in a much more personal hence, relatable fashion.

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India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha (ebook)

The Bengali’s of East Pakistan did not have political representation, and were long abused by Islamabad. He fought hard to keep India from succumbing to Communalism on one had, and Communism on the other.

Father and son are at each other’s throats; Brother fights Brother. Scoring high on facts, the language is simple yet powerful. Trivia About India After Gandh The Indian populace was illiterate, yet granted adult franchise. Those from the untouchable Caste struggled to find employment, and were discriminated against in every day life. I was kept in the dark all these years about what happened once India gained its independence.

The Witches of New York. Aug 15, ’47 or more specifically when Mahatma Gandhi died on Oct 30, ‘ We appreciate your feedback. Same for sports cricket obviously getting special mention. His successor in the Congress, Jawaharlal Nehru strove to keep Gandhi’s vision going.


This is a remarkable achievement in itself. The language of India was also contentious. Ramachandra Guha has beautifully woven all the pieces of the story and the result is a phenomenal book.

How to write a great review. Language – European Union has 28 countries and 24 official languages. There was the issue of neighbours, their aggression, non pragmatic foreign policies and internal economic policies, all product of the nationalist sentiment that ran high when these were guhha and enforced. That’s fascinating to me. This attempt bore fruit after idia death when Congress regained power at the Centre.

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Nehru also worked to protect minority groups such as women and Muslims, to create an economic and social system that would enable the poor and underprivileged to improve their circumstances, and ehook create a truly democratic and united country. But not for his frequent Encyclopedia like accounts of facts which to any reader lest to any educated Indian, is tedious. It must have been very hard to resist those temptations and be non-partisan.

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I have become a fan and will follow more works by you. India has resisted pressures to go in the other direction, to follow Israel and Pakistan by favoring citizens who adhere to a certain faith or speak a particular gandi. I have met people who talk about the old days of glory, when public servants were honest and politicians more austere. One of Guha’s central themes is how it has survived as such. Guha’s book examines all aspects of this nation with a critical eye, offering facts and analysis, and avoids glowing prose in favour of realistic analysis.


In fact, the communal violence would continue to dog the country well into the twenty first century, initially condemned by the government and sometimes condoned and actively aided by it, episodically.

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Ramachandra Guha

Amagisterial account of the pains, the struggles, the humiliations, and the glories of the world’s largest and least likely democracy, Ramachandra Guha’s India After Gandhi is a breathtaking chronicle of ramachanda brutal conflicts that have rocked a giant nation and the extraordinary factors that have held it together. No interesting anecdotes or author’s remarks lndia incidents.

He has been fasting and attracting many followers with his call for the Parliament to pass his proposed anti-corruption bill. Could you suggest books that offer very good coverage about India before the Independence era.