The book is rich in detail and the writing style of Guha is brilliant and makes the book a very interesting read. Guha, however, has the benefit here of working with a continent-sized place which is a single country, so theres an order of magnitude more detail about Indian political history than about any single government in Europe or Africa. It’s amazing to see some of the disdain the very notion of democracy in India was held in at the beginning. This book should be a mandatory reading in our high-school curriculum, if India is serious about building an informed generation to take her forward. Would you like us to take another look at this review? Write a customer review. History is a tricky subject.

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In essence, India was the first modern complete democracy. View all 9 comments. It was interesting how in the Nixon biography I recently read much was made about how Nixon felt Nehru and Indira Gandhi looked down upon him, a grocer’s son. Dec 25, Vaibhav rated it liked it.

This is also kind of the book’s downfall though. Well, they end up voting for populists and demagogues and sons-of and movie stars.

India After Gandhi was highly engaging, and offered a deeply analytical look at India’s history. The debate is conducted between two schools, the “reformists” and the “populists”, the vigorous arguments conducted in the press, in Parliament, on television, and infia the streets.

Namboodiripadthe first Communist chief minister of an Indian state Kerala.

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These kind of books set bad precedent. See all 3 questions about India After Gandhi…. This coalition would only last three years in power, as it succumbed to internal political tensions, and Indira Gandhi was reelected to power once more. On Leadership and Innovation.


India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha

Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Write a customer review. In fact, the communal violence would continue to dog india after gandhi ramachandra guha ebook country well into the twenty first century, initially condemned by the government and sometimes condoned and actively aided by it, episodically.

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And there is always some information that have to be omitted, either by ruling it out as futile to the general course or to slice down the pages. After the 80s the remaining events of the last three decades have taken shapes of essays or as the author calls those ‘historically informed journalism’.

How to distribute millions of ballot boxes to rural areas? Some in the southern states cried foul when Hindi was proposed, and wanted the main language to remain English.

My own view — speaking as a historian rather than citizen — is that as long as Pakistan exists there will be Hindu fundamentalists in India. There are some big holes in the book. Not just politics, albeit formation of India. Sonia Gandhi,Congress party politician, wife of Rajiv Gandhi.


India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha

This is mainly because of the aversion we develop during our history classes in school, courtesy the insipid and tedious nature of the school curriculum focusing on ‘when and what’ rather than ‘why and how’. It stands on its own, different and distinct from alternative political models such as India after gandhi ramachandra guha ebook liberalism, French republicanism, atheistic communism, and Islamic theocracy.

Kashmir was a strategically important state touching Himalaya mountains. But not for his frequent Encyclopedia like accounts of facts which to any reader lest to any educated Indian, is tedious. The Biggest Gamble in History. It was famously said that ‘even a lamp post can win if it contested under Congress auspices’. Indian Tales by Rudyard Kipling. All this changed when tribal groups from Pakistan entered Kashmir to try and force its annexation to Pakistan.

While India is sometimes the most exasperating country in the world, it is also the most interesting.

At home, the page one is my favorite: On the other hand, it’s probably not a very good comparison and sent me looking for patterns that might not exist.