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India After Gandhi
India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy | Ramachandra Guha
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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This is really a book worth every penny and second. A book that encompasses first 50 years of republic of India is truly amazing. Author takes us on a Rollercoaster ride of democracy in India. What impressed me more than anything is the way writer has tried to stay neutral and not add his impressions. Grand scheme of things in Indian politics since 1947 and a book that deserves a place in every Indian's bookshelf

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