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India After Gandhi: The History of the World\'s Largest Democracy (English)

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India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy, written by Ramachandra Guha, is a compelling account of how India has been growing immensely as a nation despite its issues and diversity. The book especially talks about the contributions of great leaders in building the largest democracy in the world, which is still functioning as the best and the most interesting in the world.

Summary of the Book

Dr. Guha’s scholarly genius is proved yet again in this authoritative work. Although the country has gone through and is still facing caste, class, religion and caste issues among others, it is still making its progress as the most interesting and the largest democracy in the world. It has not yielded to autocratic rule, nor has it doomed due to heterogeneity and poverty, like many had predicted. The book, while talking about history, also brings out the biographies of some of the extraordinary leaders, including Gandhi, and Nehru. The book also describes the political lives of Sheikh Abdullah, M. G. Ramachandran, Angami Zapu Phizo, and Jayaprakash Narayan among others.

About Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha is one of the most revered Indian historian and writer. He is well known for his books: India after Gandhi, Makers of Modern India, and Gandhi before India. Dr. Guha completed his fellowship at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and he currently serves as the Sundaraja Visiting Professor in the Humanities at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is also a columnist for Hindustan Times and The Telegraph. He has been honoured with the prestigious Padma Bhushan and Sahitya Akademi Award among several other recognitions. He currently resides in Bangalore.

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Specifications of India After Gandhi: The History of the World\'s Largest Democracy (English) (Hardcover)

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Specialization B.A(English)
Book Details
Publisher PICADOR
ISBN-10 0330396102
Edition 1st Edition
Number of Pages 899 Pages
Publication Year 2007
Language English
ISBN-13 9780330396103
Binding Hardcover
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Author Ramachandra Guha
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Gourahari Pradhan

Nov 21, 2014

Epic...A must read !!

why the hell we have made our history books so boaring !!! this is the prime thought that came into my mind while reading this.i just love this book...This IS THE History of our country,which we all Indians have a right to know !!! why i should not be informed about this while i am matriculation stu… (View complete review)
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Yogesh Devgun

Nov 21, 2014

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Must for UPSC aspirants

While reading it for first time read as Novel with interest not like an idiot :P to grasp each and every line ..
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Arnav Nandy

Nov 18, 2014

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Perfect guide to an imperfect era

This book made the author one of the most famous authors in India and one of the regular features in many news channels. Now I know why. This book is a perfect mirror to an era when india was learning to be a nation. Quite many controversies in that era which are portrayed impersonally here.
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Joydeep Das

Nov 17, 2014

Majestic! wonderful! beautiful work on contemporary India

A must read for everyone who is interested in INDIA. A copious book but all the more interesting, you won't find a dull paragraph in all the 800 pages or so. By the time the book is finished one would appreciate the wonder that India has been in all these 6 decades since independence. And the failur… (View complete review)
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Sona Jacob

Nov 12, 2014

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must be made mandatory reading!

This is one book that must be made mandatory reading for young people today. It gives a clear and beautifully chronicled overview of how we got to where we are... young people should read it to understand the struggles that brought us out of the colonial clutches and made a vast land of over 500 pri… (View complete review)

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Sudhir Krishnan

Aug 1, 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 pers
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Kartik Raj

Jul 12, 2014

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Best book about India's modern history

India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. As the name suggests, this book deals with Indian history after 1947 and history assumes the form a of a story in this book. It is not everyday that you want a voluminous history book to never end. I wonder why Indian history post independence is not taught in schools. In my opinion, this book is a must read for anyone wishing to know about India's modern and contemporary history.


What I loved:

1. Wide array of topics: The book gives an account of almost all
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Shiva Ram

Dec 9, 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 be unde
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Shadan Khan

Sep 24, 2014

India as we don't know it!

Read this book for many reasons:

1. To know how diverse we are!
2. To comprehend the fact that some things which are taken for granted by relatively younger generation is actually not so straight forward.
3. To appreciate the efforts that have gone into making India what it is today.
4. To understand the context of a lot of political events since Independence.

A must read if you remotely like to think before making sweeping statements about politics. This book force you to think and that is its redemption!
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zoaib shaikh

May 9, 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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Sudipto Das

Jul 9, 2013

Finally authentic history writing has arrived in India

Since ages, India has been quite bad in recording her history. Most of our ancient history, as we read in books, is not authentic, because it's not based on any recorded history. It's mainly based on fragments from scriptures or other religious books, whose historicity and authenticity can't be vouched for. A good example is the Mahabharata, which is believed to be written by Ganesha, as narrated by Vyasa. No one knows correctly who the original author was or how this was written where as there's not much ambiguity about the authorship of Homer. The same is true for modern or medieval history.
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Anoop Singh

Jun 22, 2013

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A good reading

If you are interested about knowing and reading about Indian History after Independence or say Mahatama Gandhi than you must read the book.
A lot research and personnel interviews and experiences has been put forward by the writer in such a way that you would like to go through the whole books as soon as possible.
At some places you will be feeling yourself leaving with the events.
I think a must for the History part of your study.
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krishnaswamy

Apr 18, 2013

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great book

‘India after Gandhi’ is a celebration of the survival of the Indian nation. Reading this book is like finishing a long journey- arduous but extremely exciting. It is a journey I’d recommend to each and every one.
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SATEESH PABBA

Sep 17, 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 but
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Gaurav Godbole

Aug 6, 2013

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Insightful and a page turner!

This book is very well written in the true GUHA style. Previous to this book i had one more of his book and found the lucid language of the book almost addictive...
This book starts from the time India got independence and i was amazed to read the amount of planning which had gone into every aspect of making India a democratic nation in spite of the Worlds doubts whether democracy would be successful in our nation or not...
The respect which i had for leaders like Patel and Ambedkar has grown manifold after reading this book... Patel was instrumental in getting all the princely states un
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