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An insightful narration on how the world’s largest democracy, India, was forged, India Since Independence is the sequel to India's Struggle for Independence and was first published in 2008.

Summary Of The Book

India Since Independence gives a succinct analysis of the various obstacles and challenges India had to face and overcome in her past, and her proudest and most successful moments in the century until independence.

The book narrates how the Constitution was drafted, and the development of economic and political agenda heavily influenced by Nehru. It also provides an insight into the fundamentals of foreign policies and an in-depth analysis of the different reforms in the Indian economy since 1991. The author scrutinizes various aspects like the problems in Punjab, the predominant practices of untouchability, and party politics in the Centre and states.

In addition to providing information on the decline of the National Democratic Alliance in 2004, and the resultant rise of United Progressive Alliance's power, it also discusses the deal that unravelled political consensuses, the Indo-US Nuclear Deal.

The book includes chapters like The Initial Years, The Colonial Legacy, Foreign Policy: The Nehru Era, The Rajiv Years, Agriculture Growth and the Green Revolution. The book has 41 chapters in total.

This edition provides an updated and revised overview of the Indian economy, and with a consolidation of objective assessments by public figures like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, this new edition includes an overview of the Indian economy in the new millennium.

About The Authors

Dr. Bipan Chandra is a renowned Indian historian and author.

He has authored Communalism: A Primer, Ideology and Politics in Modern India, Communalism in Modern India, Freedom Struggle, and Indian National Movement: The Long Term Dynamics.

Born in Kangra Valley, Chandra completed his education from Stanford University in California and the University of Delhi. He dedicated several years of his life to teaching and was appointed Sectional President of the Indian History Congress. Chandra is considered to be one of the foremost scholars on Mahatma Gandhi, he is also adept in the economic and political history of modern India.

Mridula Mukherjee is an Indian author and Professor.

She has authored Peasants in India's Non-Violent Revolution and Colonializing Agriculture.

Mukherjee is currently the Professor of Modern Indian History at the Centre for Historical Studies, and is also the Director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. Her areas of interest are in peasant movements, agrarian history, and the national movement.

Aditya Mukherjee is an author and Professor at St. Stephen’s college in Delhi.

He also serves as the Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study at JNU, and his interests lie in capitalist development and modern business history.

Specifications of India Since Independence (Paperback)

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Author Bipan Chandra
Book Details
Publisher PENGUIN INDIA
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13 9780143104094
ISBN-10 0143104098
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 788 Pages
Dimensions
Width 5.79 inch
Height 1.26 inch
Weight 598 g
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crap!

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

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18 November 11
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 heroes or idols. Read it if you may but make sure you do not form any opinions of rightists reading this single book.

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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

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29 July 13
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 in courts.

But in case of Emrgency and Bofors readers can see how skillfuly they skip the role of Indira and Rajiv Gandhi.

READ only for biased views.

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10 November 13
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SUCCINCT IN TOTAL BUT LACKS IN ESSENTIAL

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 psychology ), All the authors were old they are great in knowledge but they failed in the preparation of this book, I strongly against about all 4 chapters which are about consolidation of different aspects they are missing several themes and areas, they left several gray areas untouched like mass media and social media and its impact etc, I think some new chapters should be incorporate in its next edition , these are Right to information act and its impact, more analysis about coalition politics, Globalization and its impact. Changing life style (job(agriculture to Industry to services, unorganized to organized), cultural, International relations (Briefly about our foreign policy changing trends) ) and several crucial aspects with little fore casting about future will makes this book great. I hope authors will note this in view. this is the classic example for generation gap and ideology,( in my view history always had some dynamic connection with present so please don't neglect present context and situations and problems, in my point it must show some solution not just a fact analysis ) finally I recommend all civils aspirants read this book once before your mains exam and flip-kart is the best place to buy and best price it offers. Flipkart simply awesome , this book is good but not excellent. for me ordinary book.

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Best Sequel to the best book..........

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you expect this kind of brilliance by such an able and eminent person.

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a must for civil service aspirants and history geeks

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the best part is the cost.this book is renowned for its content and it does not require any praise.one hell of book and one hel...

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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.

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