India After Gandhi
The History of the World's Largest Democracy
By (author) Ramachandra Guha
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India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
Book DescriptionBorn 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 this 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780330396110
(197mm x 130mm x 42mm)
Imprint: Pan Books
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ramachandra Guha
Gandhi Before India, Paperback (October 2014)
Explores the many facets of Gandhi's life and struggles. This book is drawn from many sources located in archives across four continents. It features personality and politics of Mohandas Gandhi.
This Fissured Land, Paperback (September 2014)
This book presents an interpretative ecological history of the Indian subcontinent. Using a general theory of ecological history, the authors provide a fresh interpretation of India's history, including an ecological account of the caste system and a sociological analysis of resource use. The Second Edition comes with a new Preface by the authors.
Makers of Modern India, Paperback (October 2013)
Modern India is the world's largest democracy, a sprawling, polyglot nation containing one-sixth of all humankind. This book collects the writings of nineteen of India's foremost thinker-activists, ranging from legends like Gandhi and Nehru to pioneering subaltern and feminist thinkers.
How Much Should a Person Consume?, Paperback (October 2006)» View all books by Ramachandra Guha
Provides a comparative history of environmentalism in two large ecologically and culturally diverse democracies - India and the United States. Proposing an inclusive "social ecology" framework, this work arrives at an understanding of controversies over large dams, state forests, wildlife reserves, and more.
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Author Biography - Ramachandra Guha
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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