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India After Gandhi

(The History of the World's Largest Democracy)
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Author: Ramachandra Guha
Language: English
Filesize: 4.99 MB
Publisher: Pan Macmillan

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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.

Specifications of India After Gandhi (The History of the World's Largest Democracy)

Publisher Pan Macmillan
Publication Date 2011-02-10
ISBN 9780330540209
File Size 4.99 MB
Language English

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Oct 28, 2014

India after Gandhi


A good compilation of post independence Indian history by Ramachandra Guha. It also gives a good perspective to understand present day India. The book is rich in detail and the writing style of Guha is brilliant and makes the book a very interesting read.…
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Oct 22, 2014

History told as it was

This book is master piece of its kind.Starting the menace of partition to the most recent UPA government regime, all incidents are placed in front of the reader unbiased.

The author is critical in his presentation on many events be it political or social or economical.

It is a boo…
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Sep 27, 2014

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India is more than what you know.

This book, though a recount of historical data, is written in a style which engages the reader.
The story telling style of Guha keeps the reader attached with the book even when he is bombarded with cold data.
Though few pages do make you feel like skipping them to get to more interesting …
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Nitesh Agarwal

Sep 26, 2014

Whatever you wanted to know about India

This book contains a content that covers a detailed or extremely detailed story of India from 1940s to modern India. I will say if you have interest in history or Indian history, it's impossible for you to dislike this. It also covers incident of Kashmir, issues between Nehru and Sardar Patel, separ… (View complete review)


Sep 26, 2014

Best buy

My favourite writer and good source of info abt contemporary India,But shows writer's love for Nehru indeed

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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…

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 un…

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 almos…

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... :(

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!

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.…

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.


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.


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…

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 …


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