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

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Pan Macmillan, Feb 10, 2011 - History - 300 pages
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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.

 

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The history of India has been confusing, and he does a marvellous job of covering the events during the tumultuous years since we became an independent country. The tragedy of having the Nehru-Gandhi ... Read full review

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respectful "mainstream" history of recent India, centering on the alleged virtues of Mr. Nehru. Just because something is conventional doesn't mean it's unimportant. After all India does have a free ... Read full review

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Contents

Unnatural Nation
PART ONE PICKING UP THE PIECES
viii
Freedom and Parricide
ix
The Logic of Division
v
Apples in the Basket
v
A Valley Bloody and Beautiful
xiii
Refugees and the Republic
xxx
Ideas of India
ii
PART FOUR THE RISE OF POPULISM
xxxi
War and Succession
xxxii
Leftward Turns
xvi
The Elixir of Victory
xl
The Rivals
lx
Autumn of the Matriarch
xxi
Life Without the Congress
vi
Democracy in Disarray
i

PART TWO NEHRUS INDIA
xii
The Biggest Gamble in History
xiii
Home and the World
vii
Redrawing the
vii
The Conquest of Nature
vii
The Law and the Prophets
xii
Securing Kashmir
xxvii
Tribal Trouble
v
PART THREE SHAKING THE CENTRE
v
The Southern Challenge
v
The Experience of Defeat
xii
Peace in Our Time
xxxviii
Minding the Minorities
xi
This Son also Rises
ii
PART FIVE A HISTORY OF EVENTS
xxiii
Rights
xxiv
Riots
vii
Rulers
vii
Riches
xiii
A Peoples Entertainments
xxxvi
Why India Survives
lviii
Acknowledgements
xiii
Notes
xvi
Index
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Ramachandra Guha's 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.

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