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Patriots and Partisans (English, Hardcover, Guha Ramachandra)

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Patriots and Partisans  (English, Hardcover, Guha Ramachandra)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd
  • Genre: Political Science
  • ISBN: 9780670083862, 9780670083862
  • Pages: 352
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Patriots and Partisans is a collection of essays about everything eminent historian Ramachandra Guha muses about.

Summary of the Book

In this collection, Ramachandra Guha discusses various topics in his essays, from the Congress dynasty to a bookshop in Bangalore. Dr. Guha examines extremist views with a serious vein and offers his anecdotes about the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and the Oxford University Press.

About Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha is an Indian historian and writer. He is well known for his books: India After Gandhi, Makers of Modern India and Gandhi Before India.

Dr. Guha completed his fellowship at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and currently serves as the Sundaraja Visiting Professor in the Humanities at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

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Worth a read ! Strongly recommended !

Seldom can you call a work of non-fiction ‘unputdownable’. The later phrase is reserved for the Dan Browns and the Forsyths. Coming from a historian, a non-fiction, which Ramachandra Guha’s latest offering Patriots and Partisans (2012) is, the phrase ‘unputdownable’ might appear to be an exaggeration for many. But after reading 334 pages, without taking recourse to any in-between fiction to keep the monotony of a non-fictional work at bay, I would say that my using of that phrase ‘unputdownab...
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Priyadarshini Ghosh

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Jan, 2013

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Condensed version of India After Gandhi

The book covers up the ground that might not have been covered in India after Gandhi. This is not say that two books could be compared or India after Gandhi was not exhaustive but certain areas where one would have been more interested in were there.

The book takes us inside the different political parties and some movements which have taken place in India post independence. The commentary is very strong and apolitical and since it is a collection of essays, in depth examination of particul...
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Harshit Nayyar

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Mar, 2014

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Interesting Read

Ramchandra Guha is one of my favorite writer/ commentator of India. His great style of fluid writing is on display in this book also.

While many might agree and disagree with few facets of his observations, overall I found is quite good and at par with India After Gandhi.

If you love Guha's writing style and is open to his observations and views, this book will be a good read for you about Indian Political Scenario. This however is not a book on 'unknown' 'undercover' or 'classifieds' so ...
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Sabyasachi Ghosh

Nov, 2012

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Terrific

such a good book... Ram Guha wrote a series of books of which this is the third one... the other three's are namely Makers of modern india,India after gandhi and Democrats and dissenters... Every book of this series gives a perspective of every ideology around us and also a comparative account of the happenings in india to the happenings of other nations... afterall very good book, full of knowledge... Is exactly what I wanted...
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Protyush Rajkonwar

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Book Review: Patriots & Partisans

The book Patriots & Partisans by eminent historian Ramachandra Guha is a great combination of various essays on democracy, politics, people and sociology. The essays are divided into two parts: Part I named Debating Democracy comprises of 9 essays covering a wide range of topics related to politics and democracy; Part II names The World and The World has 6 essays that highlight personalities and people who have contributed to enriching intellectualism in India.


Guha starts his preface with...
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Kanti Brahma

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Nov, 2014

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Expected a better product

You get to know about Hindu terrorism and how it is more dangerous than any other form of terrorism. It was not expected of a historian of such prestige to look at a whole community from one glass. He perceives the movement led by Anna Hazare as an opportunist stunt played by a patriarch brahman. It is really disgusting to read his opinions on Dayanand Saraswati when he terms him as a mere proselytizer. This man definitely has something against Hinduism. I don't know why his attacks on Congr...
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Flipkart Customer

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May, 2017

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short and insightful

I have been following books by Ramchandra Guha for some time - beginning with the classic " India after Gandhi". This book is also very well written - especially essays like " A short history of Congress Chamchagiri". The authors astute observations find resonance with your own feelings. The chapter devoted to the Nehru Memorial Library is also an eye-opener. Though the author is known more for being a historian,I am looking forward to more books by him on contemporary topics.
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Timir Baran Sahu

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Immensely readable. Especially for pieces on NMML and EPW.

Some might criticize him for Belle-Lettrism, some for giving way too much importance to individuals rather than the fluid streams of history. And some of that might be true as well. Still, Ramchandra Guha's books are very readable and give a unique sense of pleasure. A strongly worded liberal, always ready to voice opinion against intolerance and fascist tendencies of any kind, he does make history much more accessible to the lay person. Though this book is more a collection of memoirs than a...
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Mukesh Kumar

Aug, 2014

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Interesting range of topics

This is Ramachandra Guha at a phase in his career where he can be assured that he can write about anything he pleases and it will sell. The topics covered in this collection of essays is almost bizarrely diverse - from a long rant about the Nehru Memorial Library in Delhi to a sentimental piece about Premier Bookshop In Bangalore. The great thing is its all very well written. His essay "The Beauty of Compromise" is probably worth the price of the book. Definitely worth reading.
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Monisha C.

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Dec, 2013

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A must buy

Brilliantly written. The book provides a critique of various socio-political and cultural and economical events that has shaped this country. very insightful and thoroughly researched, Ramachandra Guha has been at his best in sharing his original thoughts and explanations on different topics concerning but not limited to the idea of India. Be it Hindu nationalists or Nehruvian socialism, market economics or Maoist incursions, he has a clear and logical explanation for it all. This book has s...
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