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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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Aug 24, 2015
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Just read it
Jun 9, 2015
A novel on India
May 25, 2015
Apr 9, 2015
more than a history book
Aug 1, 2012
Detailed account of india between 1950-2007I 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… (Expand)
Dec 9, 2013
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.
Jul 12, 2014
Best book about India's modern historyIndia 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.
Sep 24, 2014
India as we don't know it!Read this book for many reasons:
May 9, 2013
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..
Jul 9, 2013
Finally authentic history writing has arrived in IndiaSince 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.… (Expand)
Jun 22, 2013
A good readingIf you are interested about knowing and reading about Indian History after Independence or say Mahatama Gandhi than you must read the book.
Apr 18, 2013
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.
Sep 17, 2012
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… (Expand)
Aug 6, 2013
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...