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

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Amagisterial 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 breathtaking chronicle of the brutal conflicts that have rocked a giant nation and the extraordinary factors that have held it together. An intricately researched and elegantly written epic history peopled with larger-than-life characters, it is the work of a major scholar at the peak of his abilities. … More >>

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

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  1. Murali Chari says:

    The international audience might gasp at the comprehensiveness of this tome, but any politically aware Indian will tell you this book offers the same half-truths, and whips up the same paranoia about Indian right. He composed a banal version of Indian history from regular news sources anybody can get their hands on.

    It’s a pity so few books about India are available to the international public, and so many of them are written by leftist historians. And worse, this guy is not even a historian. He’s at best a sports-writer and at worst a boring one.

    There’s nothing new this book has to offer. Neither it’s correct history, nor its author an historian. Do yourself a favor and don’t read this book.

    One thing is for sure. India would be a much better place after people like Mr. Guha.


    The reason I started writing reviews on is to capture the first impressions after I have read (or sometimes re-read) a book. That’s why, unlike some of the exhaustive reviews you find on (some of which I have found very helpful), my reviews tend to be short and biased.

    The review of this book is not an exception to that. However, I have been roundly castigated by some readers for being unfair to Mr. Guha, the viciousness of which suprised me very much.

    Perhaps, I rained on their parade by giving a one star review and thus bringing the average rating down by a few notches. Even my tongue-in-cheek title has been interpreted by these readers as wishing death upon Mr. Guha.

    May be these readers have the time and inclination to call every reviewer names with whose assesment they disagree. I, for one, feel, I don’t have to convince everyone about the validity of my review. I read the book. I think it’s lousy. Period.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. Phoenix says:

    Bad News: There is no religious freedom for relgeous Hindus. The Govt of India takes all the money from Hindu temples and redistributes them to Muslims and Christian evangelical NGOs. Imagine if the American Church funds were controlled by the US Government and then paid Muslims from this funds to go to Haj. That’s how ridiculous the “Secular” India is.

    Bad News: Being a religious Hindu is a no no for the “Secular” Hindus. Only an Anti Hindu is acceptable to the “secular” India.

    Bad News: Foreign evangelical organizations are given a free run to ethnically cleanse India’s culture.

    Bad News: India’s democracy is two fox and a Hen deciding whats for dinner. The poor (the majority) keeps voting for socialist Congress 85% of the time since independence. Its a sheer single party monopoly. I’d rather have China;s form of Govt over India’s congress party BS.

    Good News: Partition was the best thing to happen to India. IF you combine the population of Pakistan and B’Desh to India, in a matter of few years India would have become an Islamic Nation,

    When you are too PC, all you get is distortion of the Truth. Too many PC based Indian history out there and this book is no different. A feel good tripe!

    Indian Culture (The Hindu/Sikh/Jain culture) is fundamentally capitalistic in nature. Historically Indian trade with far and away peoples is well documented and well known. Indians had the confidence and capacity to trade and were unashamedly proud of wealth creation. Even today, the poorest of the poor, the undeducated are by necessaity capitalists. Just see the many street vendors and hawkers all over the cities and villages. They are capitalists. They are Gods. They work for a living and add value to the system by providing a service and in turn make money. Every year, they celebrate their wealth and their capitalistic system by praying the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi (Yes..Hinduism has a deity for money and wealth creation kinda like minister of Finance). Another day, they would pray to Sarastwati (The Godess of knowledge) by placing their tools of their trade in front of this deity (Photo picture of Saraswati) in respect. This is 4000 year old tradition of Capitalism in the Hindu/Indian culture and ethos.

    All that changed in 1947 with the advent of the congress party and Nehru in particular. This socialist/Lennonist fellow with the west Bengal Marxist Pseudo “Intellectuals” brought into India a foreign culture (Marxisit, Lennonist, Maoists) and created and helped maintain 500 million Indian in abject poverty. The left congress party made wealth creation a dirty word and wealth distribution (When India had no wealth) an “intellectual” pursuit.

    However, the Indians have capitalism in their culture…. and it has made them extremely successful around the world but in India where their hands were tied by the Nehruvial socialistc system and Today they have been successful in India inspite of the Nehruvian socialist lefties control of the Nation.

    India is shedding these Nehruvian socialism and there is a revival of the Hindu culture of capitalism in India and this gene cannot be put back in the bottle.. no matter what these Marxist sympathizng lefties think.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. S. PATEL says:

    This book should be on the must read List for every Indian living in India and abroad.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. The book I ordered came all the way from India in excellent condition. Many thanks.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Paul says:

    This is a massive offering. It requires many evenings of detailed concentration to digest. But if you wish to “come up to speed ” quickly, to grasp the events that have shaped the country’s internal affairs, this would be a good place to start.
    Rating: 3 / 5

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