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India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy is an intricately researched book that captures India’s triumphs and failures in the last sixty years.

Summary Of The Book

India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy, published in 2007, takes an in-depth look into the history of this country, since its independence from the British Raj in 1947. The author has skillfully reconstructed the last six decades of India’s past. Guha explains how the country was divided by religion, caste, language, and yet it established itself as an independent, united, and democratic nation.

India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy studies the conflicts and glories that the world’s largest and least likely democracy has gone through. This book focuses on the integration of Muslims and Hindus post-partition, the defeat against the Chinese, and the extraordinary execution of elections. Guha has also given fresh insights into the life of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. This book also focuses on Indira Gandhi’s resolve lead to the liberation of Bangladesh. Furthermore, the book speaks of the dark days of the Emergency, which lead to the abolishment of civil liberties and judicial independence. In addition to analysing well-known personalities, Guha has also covered the lives of farmers, musicians, tribals, and workers.

India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy presents the contrasting picture of India, and shows readers how India’s strength lies in its democracy. The book has been meticulously researched, and beautifully written. It won the Sahitya Akademi Award for English in 2011, and has been chosen as the Book of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Outlook.

About Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha, born in 1958, is an Indian author, columnist, and historian. He specializes in cricket, social, environmental and political history.

Guha is the author of The Picador Book of Cricket, Patriots & Partisans, Wickets in the East, and Gandhi Before India.

The author graduated with a BA degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College in 1977, and then joined the Delhi School of Economics to complete his post graduation. Guha completed a Fellowship programme from IIM-Calcutta, and for the next fifteen years taught at Berkeley, Stanford University, Yale University, the Indian Institute of Science, amongst others. In 2011, he became the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Guha is a columnist for Hindustan Times and The Telegraph. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and he is the recipient of the 2009 Padma Bhushan Award. He has also won the R. K. Narayan Prize, and the U.K. Cricket Society’s Literary Award. Guha lives with his wife, and their two children.

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Authored By Ramachandra Guha
Book Details
Publisher Picador India
Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13 9780330505543
ISBN-10 0330505548
Language English
Edition Reprint
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 944 Pages
Exam UPSC
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Specialization B.A(English), B.A(History)
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Sudhir Krishnan
01 Aug 2012
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Detailed account of india between 1950-2007

I liked the way Ramachandra Guha has chronicled the development of India right since independence. Its a beautiful narrative and the book is a very detailed account of India since independence. Ramchandra guha is a Nehruvian. He writes equally about Hinduism but as the book proceeds he continues more to give it a bashing like a secularist. The book is very long. Guha has done extensive research in order to write this book. The book is one of the most comprehensive one and traces a history and goes up to 2007.I must say its a must read for people interested in history. He does give his own p... ()

I liked the way Ramachandra Guha has chronicled the development of India right since independence. Its a beautiful narrative and the book is a very detailed account of India since independence. Ramchandra guha is a Nehruvian. He writes equally about Hinduism but as the book proceeds he continues more to give it a bashing like a secularist. The book is very long. Guha has done extensive research in order to write this book. The book is one of the most comprehensive one and traces a history and goes up to 2007.I must say its a must read for people interested in history. He does give his own p...
I liked the way Ramachandra Guha has chronicled the development of India right since independence. Its a beautiful narrative and the book is a very detailed account of India since independence. Ramchandra guha is a Nehruvian. He writes equally about Hinduism but as the book proceeds he continues more to give it a bashing like a secularist. The book is very long. Guha has done extensive research in order to write this book. The book is one of the most comprehensive one and traces a history and goes up to 2007.I must say its a must read for people interested in history. He does give his own perspective of the events. He is sometimes unbiased in his writing but as he moves towards the 2002 Gujarat carnage he becomes a secularists. He quotes newspapers
The book extensively is more about the politics and economics of India,more so the political events and hw they shaped the country. Guha has not left a stone unturned. There are some very good photographs in the book. Guha has most importantly captured the essence of transformation of the country from a socialist economy to the capitalist economy. He writes about the Indira Gandhi government. Its a book that is difficult to write about. Guha yet uses simple English and not complicated words. What makes the book stand out is its journalistic style. Guha could have written more about saffron politics which he hasn???t. I say that this book is a must read for those interested in Indian history since independence. The book talks extensively about small towns and villages as much as it does about the big cities of India..I wont say more. I leave you to read this book for yourself and find out.

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Shiva Ram
09 Dec 2013
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Not for UPSC. But definitely good read for today's youth on the turmoil called Independent India.

As the author himself notes, India is an experiment in democracy. That so since nobody has embarked on such an notion of a nation without a common feeling of nation-state like Europe with so many diversities. But yet we are still together and united. The turmoils and challenges after independence has been described in great detail and it is a wonderful read.

But caution to those, who suggest this book to cover the topic of " Post-Independence consolidation of India" for the UPSC exam. This book is not aimed at such an analysis, though the broad contours of the consolidation can...
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As the author himself notes, India is an experiment in democracy. That so since nobody has embarked on such an notion of a nation without a common feeling of nation-state like Europe with so many diversities. But yet we are still together and united. The turmoils and challenges after independence has been described in great detail and it is a wonderful read.

But caution to those, who suggest this book to cover the topic of " Post-Independence consolidation of India" for the UPSC exam. This book is not aimed at such an analysis, though the broad contours of the consolidation can...
As the author himself notes, India is an experiment in democracy. That so since nobody has embarked on such an notion of a nation without a common feeling of nation-state like Europe with so many diversities. But yet we are still together and united. The turmoils and challenges after independence has been described in great detail and it is a wonderful read.

But caution to those, who suggest this book to cover the topic of " Post-Independence consolidation of India" for the UPSC exam. This book is not aimed at such an analysis, though the broad contours of the consolidation can be understood from a bird's eye view. This book though will not help you in writing the answer.

3 of 3 users found this review helpful.
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Sudip Kar
06 Dec 2012
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Brilliant Piece of Work

People feel that history is mundane, useless. But all those critics should go through this book and it is sure to make them change their minds. Mr Guha takes you through the ages with ease and make he see history forming in front of you. There is not single dull moment.

P.S: The book help me now boast my knowledge of India in front of my friends :p

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zoaib shaikh
09 May 2013
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Very poor paper quality.. seems like a pirated one..!! :(

As always, Flipkart is amazing with delivery of the books with delivering India After Gandhi at my Office in less thatn 24 hours of placing the order..
But to my surprise, the paper quality of the Paperback book is so poor that I am forced to think that it is as bad as pirated books...
5 stars to delivery and Zero for book paper quality... :(

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SATEESH PABBA
17 Sep 2012
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Quite a good insight into India after Independence....

This is my first non-fiction. I bought it because I got bored with fiction and wanted to shift to Non-fiction. As it turned out this book was a good choice for starting a non-fiction. The author gave quite a good insights into the India after Independence. It was like reading a story. Because of its continuity and the nature of the issues addressed by the author it is an interesting book to anyone who is curious about the recent past of India. Although it took quite an effort to complete the book (its quite a thick book), it was worth it. I can't comment about how authoritative the book is... ()

This is my first non-fiction. I bought it because I got bored with fiction and wanted to shift to Non-fiction. As it turned out this book was a good choice for starting a non-fiction. The author gave quite a good insights into the India after Independence. It was like reading a story. Because of its continuity and the nature of the issues addressed by the author it is an interesting book to anyone who is curious about the recent past of India. Although it took quite an effort to complete the book (its quite a thick book), it was worth it. I can't comment about how authoritative the book is...
This is my first non-fiction. I bought it because I got bored with fiction and wanted to shift to Non-fiction. As it turned out this book was a good choice for starting a non-fiction. The author gave quite a good insights into the India after Independence. It was like reading a story. Because of its continuity and the nature of the issues addressed by the author it is an interesting book to anyone who is curious about the recent past of India. Although it took quite an effort to complete the book (its quite a thick book), it was worth it. I can't comment about how authoritative the book is but one thing is sure if you are interested in getting an Idea about the recent past of India this would be the one to read.

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Good book

great book i read it twice

it has been an amazing journey with this book learning past happenings

pls dont hesitate just go for it i you will definitely love this book for sure

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paperback book so paper quality looks so cheap but book is super light hardly 150gms
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vivid description of events happened after independence and compiled elegantly

If u are really interested in knowing the course of eventss after independence of india. this is a must for you
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Rajesh Ranjan
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an excellent discription of India

Mr Guha has provided an excellent discription and understanding of what India is today and why it is so in simple and lucid language. Well this book also answers a lot of "why" question about this country. A must read for those who want to dig into the logics of recent past, present and... (View complete review)

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Truly a remarkable work pertaining to - India after Independence!

Must read- not only for civil service aspirants but also for every citizen of India to know about the past, the book presents seamlessly the history of India and i am sure it holds many surprising facts and figures even for one who boasts of having a great deal of knowledge in Indian history and... (View complete review)

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A comprehensive book on history.

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