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India Since Independence

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Author: Bipan Chandra
Language: English
Filesize: 1.39 MB
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

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A thorough and incisive introduction to contemporary India The story of the forging of India, the world's largest democracy, is a rich and inspiring one. This volume, a sequel to the best-selling India's Struggle for Independence, analyses the challenges India has faced and the successes it has achieved, in the light of its colonial legacy and century-long struggle for freedom. The book describes how the Constitution was framed, as also how the Nehruvian political and economic agenda and basics of foreign policy were evolved and developed. It dwells on the consolidation of the nation, examining contentious issues like party politics in the Centre and the states, the Punjab problem, and anti-caste politics and untouchability. This revised edition offers a scathing analysis of the growth of communalism in India and the use of state power in furthering its cause. It also documents the fall of the National Democratic Alliance in the 2004 General Elections, the United Progressive Alliance's subsequent rise to power and the Indo-US Nuclear Deal that served to unravel the political consensus at the centre. Apart from detailed analyses of Indian economic reforms since 1991 and wide-ranging land reforms and the Green Revolution, this new edition includes an overview of the Indian economy in the new millennium. These, along with objective assessments of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Jayaprakash Narayan, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Rajiv Gandhi, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh, constitute a remarkable overview of a nation on the move.

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Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date 2008-02-11
File Size 1.39 MB
ISBN 9788184750539
Language English

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sushant bhargav

Sep 19, 2014

Not for CSAT

Not for CSAT, certainly not recommended for the person who hasn't read history from another author as it can underrate even miss many facts,
facts like JP Movement.

Highly leftist book man,


Sep 14, 2014

A big CRAP


civil aspirant

Sep 3, 2014

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abhorred content

this book is a joke.i have no idea why it comes this highly recommended.its just over- hyped.
facts are wrong,not update(or rather choosingly neglected) to suit one particular ideology and blatant disregard for facts or reality.
this is a useless propoganda document, not even fit for writing…
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suraj makwana

Sep 1, 2014

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paper is soft like a teddy bear

the paper quality of penguin is always great it feels like u holding a teddy bear in ur hands and its so light weight fully satisfied

Mukesh Sharma

Aug 3, 2014

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Good one

At the first shot the authors may seem to be biased towards Congress in general and Nehru in particular due to their research on Nehru and his ideologies but they don't miss the opportunity to blend the reality with truth which can be appreciated without reaching our wit's end. The book gives bird e… (View complete review)

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Sujay Iyer

Oct 5, 2011

First to review


its a shit book which has a biased left to centre view of everything.
it has not understood the rss, the communist party, the jp movement or lal bahadhur shastri.
india after gandhi by ram chandra guha is far better factually, philosophically and ideologically

Ishan Jaiswal

Jun 8, 2013

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informative but biased

The book certainly is not critical of the leftist forces and leaves the readers ignorant of the rightist wing that too had an undeniable impact in the making of modern India. There are few authors in India like Guha who are equally critical to the both Congress and BJP . The contributions of Golwalkar and Shyama Prasad Mookherjee in providing an alternative for the Congess has been neglected. None the less the book is a journey and account of the struggle and accomplishments of India since its making.

Baidurya Sen

Nov 18, 2011

Informative for the Ignorant but left-inclined.

I liked this book very much as it is very informative for people like me who hasn't got an in-depth idea of India's modern history but would like to have one. Though this book is a good read to gain knowledge, I found that the writers are biased towards left-leaning centrism. They do not have a single good word for the rightist forces who also had a major contribution towards India's development. As a historian, one ought to have unbiased opinions. And also, I felt no matter how bad a Congress leader might have been, which they even mentioned, in the end they projected them to be the real hero…

Rahul Rai

Jul 29, 2013

Biased Writing

Though this book though sometimes gives a feel good factor about how everything went well in india.. but eventually readers are bound to feel that it is like a tribute to congress and gandhi family .. the whole agenda of books is to project anyone associated with congress as heroes. And people associated with BJP and RSS as communalists.

For instance of all the examples : in the starting of book Authors mention democraticaly chosen Govt of Kalyan singh as a rag tag coalition of criminals.
Godhra has been made prime example of communalism . As if they are judges giving verdict…

sunil kumar singh

Jun 1, 2013

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very basied and very poor book; dont waste your money:

this is what money can buy fame; for if you ask a writer to project you and your family and your party in this case congress and Nehru family. the write has done what we call intellectual prosti****n. who ever pay: get what he/she want. some day I will ask bipin candra to write about me or will I if have have consciousness?

There is no objectivity and balanced view no critical analysis.Its congress calisha like hanuman calisha more you read it more hanuman become stronger.

dont buy it for exam.
instead buy ramchandra guha india after gandhi or any other book

johnny blaze

Jun 29, 2014

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need to buy

well i wont shower any praises for this title its just that go for it . Many critics advise you to cling to r c guha - ind after gandhi .. it might be so but this book is structured according to the exam format which makes it effective to use as a learning guide .

Pranjal Pandey

Apr 1, 2014

Good if you are preparing for UPSC but useless if you want an impartial view.

I,being a UPSC aspirant was recommended this book.very quickly i would write the review pointwise.

1.good insight into the govt. policies and will help in writing pro-govt. type of answers.
2.a strict NO if you want a neutral view of the happenings.( talks almost nothing abt the NDA Govt's achievements and brings up useless things to demean the nda govt. in kargil war and pokhran tests and other things )----reports about 1984 riots in half page and godhra riots in 4 pages.Also it defends lackadaisical action of police in 1984 anti-sikh riots by citing that police had been bus…

sanapala sitaramaraju

Nov 10, 2013

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Good book to read who had great knowledge, for others one should be careful in reading it is a culmination of opinions not facts, Read it like an editorial in news paper. In my opinion History become more analytical now It is no more same as our Old scholars( authors) thinks, authors missed lot of points in this book and included which was irrelevant now. For more clarity opinions are fact based analysis and thoughts of a person, here person always environment ( Place(India,State,Didtrict..etc),Religion,Caste,economic classes,age groups etc) and Heredity(origin of his body physiology and psych…

vinod meena

Jun 14, 2014

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most biased and pathetic

Please dont buy this worthless peice of biased literature by a biased writer who has been assigned by the Congress to promote only their agenda. This book is very biased and extolls all the fallaciouswork done by them like bofors, emergency, etc. this also shows tthe other parties in very poor light as if they have not done anything for our motherland. Very hopeless and SEEMS LIKE MY MONEY HAS GONE TO WASTE. PLEASE BUY SOME OTHER BOOK TO KNOW REALITY.

Pranay Singh

Feb 23, 2012

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Must read atleast once

The ideas that shaped our present political system are emereged from our past political thinkers and leaders who desigened the frame in which we are flourishing today. This book clearly mention the views and stands of post independent thinkers and leaders. Clearly mention the stand of Congress towards secular state, hindu and muslim ideologies, one can say that this book is little anti-RSS and pro congress in character, sometimes you can find that author is trying to defend the congress national and foreign policies, but actually the account of Bipin Chandra gives you detailed facts and figure…


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