INDIA AFTER GANDHI THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST DEMOCRAC

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Ramachandra Guha

Publisher:

Picador India

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Publisher

Picador India

Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13

9780330505543

ISBN-10 0330505548
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 898 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 20X14X4
Weight (grms) 1100

This is a magisterial account of the pains, the struggles, the humiliations and the glories of the world’s largest and least likely democracy. Ramachandra Guha’s India after Gandhi is a riveting chronicle of the often brutal conflicts that have rocked a giant nation, and of the extraordinary individuals and institutions who have held it together. It is an epic history, peopled by larger-than-life characters, deeply researched and elegantly written, the work of a major scholar at the height of his powers.

‘Finally, here is a history of democratic India that is every bit as sweeping as the country itself. A magisterial work.’—Financial Times

‘Guha has given democratic India the rich, well-paced history it deserves.’—Washington Post

‘An insightful, spirited and elegantly crafted account of India since 1947.’—Times Literary Supplement

India after Gandhi is a magnificently told history of the world’s largest democracy. It is a riveting story with unforgettable characters and towering challenges, immense greatness and extraordinary venality, soaring hopes and profound disappointment.’—India Today

Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha was born in Dehradun in 1958 and educated in Delhi and Calcutta. He has taught at the universities of Oslo, Stanford and Yale and at the Indian Institute of Science. He has been a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and also served as the Indo-American Community Chair Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

After a peripatetic academic career, with five jobs in ten years in three continents, Guha settled down to become a full-time writer, based in Bengaluru. His 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.

Guha’s books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. The prizes they have won include the UK Cricket Society’s Literary Award and the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History. In 2008, Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines nominated Guha as one of the world’s one hundred most influential intellectuals. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for services to literature and education. In 2015, he was awarded the Fukuoka Prize for contributions to Asian culture and scholarship.

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