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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 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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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... (Expand)
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 watershed ev... (Expand)
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 under... (Expand)
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 histo... (Expand)
Anyone with remote interest in India and Indian history post independence should read this book. The book is a massive read, and the breadth of subjects covered definitely shows the laborious work of the author. It is quite a gripping tale of India, her struggles to keep the nation in one piece, the wide vagaries of challenges and problems she has faced and how the survival has not been miraculous but due the hard work of every hand that built this nation, at various points in time.
I feel a lot more coverage could have been given to Sardar Vallabhai Patel and his contributions towards bu... (Expand)