India After Gandhi - The History of the World's Largest Democracy

India After Gandhi - The History of the World's Largest Democracy (English, Paperback, Guha Ramachandra)

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India After Gandhi - The History of the World's Largest Democracy  (English, Paperback, Guha Ramachandra)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Pan Macmillan India
    • Genre: Political Science
    • ISBN: 9789382616979, 9789382616979
    • Pages: 960
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    "Book of the Year - The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out and Outlook Winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award Ramachandra Guha’s India after Gandhi is a magisterial account of the pains, struggles, humiliations and glories of the world’s largest and least likely democracy. A riveting chronicle of the often brutal conflicts that have rocked a giant nation, and of the extraordinary individuals and institutions who held it together, it established itself as a classic when it was first published in 2007. In the last decade, India has witnessed, among other things, two general elections; the fall of the Congress and the rise of Narendra Modi; a major anti-corruption movement; more violence against women, Dalits, and religious minorities; a wave of prosperity for some but the persistence of poverty for others; comparative peace in Nagaland but greater discontent in Kashmir than ever before. This tenth anniversary edition, revised and expanded, brings the narrative up to the present. Published to coincide with seventy years of the country’s independence, this definitive history of modern India is the work of one of the world’s finest scholars at the height of his powers."
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    • Picador India
    Publication Year
    • July
    Book Type
    • Non Fiction Book
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    • Ramachandra Guha was born in Dehradun in 1958, and educated in Delhi and Calcutta. He has taught at the universities of Oslo, Stanford and Yale, and at the Indian Institute of Science. He has been a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and also served as the Indo-American Community Chair Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. After a peripatetic academic career, with five jobs in ten years in three continents, Guha settled down to become a full-time writer, based in Bengaluru. His books cover a wide range of themes: they include a global history of environmentalism, a biography of an anthropologist-activist, a social history of Indian cricket, and a social history of Himalayan peasants. His entire career, he says, seems in retrospect to have been an extended (and painful) preparation for the writing of India After Gandhi. Guha’s books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. The prizes they have won include the UK Cricket Society’s Literary Award and the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History. In 2008, Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines nominated Guha as one of the world’s one hundred most influential intellectuals. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for services to literature and education. In 2015, he was awarded the Fukuoka Prize for contributions to Asian culture and scholarship.
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    • 18 - 99 Years
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    • 23.9 cm
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    • 15.2 cm
    Weight
    • 1330 gr
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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 hi...
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    Kartik Rewar

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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...
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    Sudhiir Krishnan

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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 ...
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    Shiva Ram

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    Fair

    Got it in just Rs.152/- Delivery was late because of huge orders during the big billion days period. Anyway, the delivery was smooth. Now coming to the main issue. The book is good no doubt. It is helpful for knowing our country's past. Also it is much helpful for writing answers in the exam (university exams or upsc). But it is a biased book, the author (I will not use the term 'historian' as there is no objectivity/unbiasness in his writing) shows his personal hate against the BJP & some Hi...
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    Awesome

    Delivery was on time as committed.

    Yet to complete reading the book. Loved it till now. Very well written by author heads off. Would recommend all to read.
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    Just wow!

    one of the best books in market to get a knowledge about the events that happened after the independence in a very lucid and thought provoking manner! one must go for it, if he/she loves history/politics. Book of the Millennium. Guha at his best!
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    Fabulous!

    Guys I saved this book in my wishlist a few days back, the price was rs. 498 but i bought it for rs. 159 on the first day of big billion days offer, wait for the price drop if you don't want it right away. Anyway i just started reading it, as a book lover I can tell this book is very informative. If you really want to know about our political history, this book is your Bible. However I am not suggesting this book as a Civil Service material. For UPSC you better go with the suggestions of topp...
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    Debajit Karmakar

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    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...
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    Shadan Khan

    Sep, 2014

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    Well written...but

    About Flipkart, awesome quick packaging and delivery and a great deal.
    About the book, it is extremely well documented, which was great. However, the author seems to be in love with the Nehru-Gandhi family and thinks that the sun shone out of every orifice of the family, which sometimes looks like a propaganda machine. Also, it calls all other political and social entities opposed to Congress as communal.
    A decent read if you learn to pick out facts only, not the interpretations he provides.
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    Sudipta

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    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 the...
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    Questions and Answers
    Q:What is the difference between white and black book of India after gandhi..
    A:black one is updated version
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    Q:is it covers total history of india?????
    A:It covers history after 1947
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    Q:how many pages are there in this book
    A:it has around 900 pages
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    Q:Which is better from UPSC point of view : This or India Since Independence? (I don't care about author's biases... left or right.. I only want good marks in UPSC)
    A:According to me India after Gandhi would be better
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    Q:What new topics have been covered in this edition (as compared to the older edition)?
    A:just one new chapter about modi and bjp.
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    Q:can I buy old addition book,that is useful in present time
    A:YES SURE BUT IT WOULD BE BETTER IF YOU BUY UPDATED VERSION FOR PRESENT TIME.
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    Q:can you breifly summarise what the book focuses on..means what is book about...
    A:it focuses on india's post independence history..
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    Q:which book is latest?
    A:if you meant edition than this is the latest edition last edited in 2016
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    Q:what is the page quality of this book is it same as market??
    A:yes page quality is good
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    Q:Did this book come on clat exam? It is important or not?
    A:Not so relevant little bit detail is available for competitive exam
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