Title – India After Gandhi
Author – Ramachandra Guha
Publisher – Picador India
Genre – Non-Fiction
The book as the name suggests is the story of world’s largest democracy. This book provides the account of the pains, struggles and the glories India faced over the last six and a half decade and how it never failed to impress the historians and the political analyst by defeating the odds every time. .
Ramachandra Guha (born 29 April 1958, Dehra Dun) is an Indian historian and writer whose research interests include environmental, social, political and cricket history
This is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. The book deals with post- independence era and addresses how the India shaped itself after Mahatma was gone. It provides impressive account of all significant events such as riots after partition, abolition of princely states, formation of states on linguistic basis, first general elections, war of 1962 and 1971, emergency of 1975 and the political events of the one and half decades starting from 1989. It mentions about issues such as caste, language, religion, class and gender which the leaders of the nation faced and despite of these challenges how India has remained united.
Though 944 pages seem to be daunting but this book is definitely worth reading which keeps you engaged. According to me the book should be part of school curriculum. Instead of learning about Indus valley civilization and Mughal era, student should know what all has happened in the independent India.
Some of the points which I did not like are:
- The book particularly focus on Nehru-Gandhi family and congress regime.
- Though the author has been neutral throughout the book, but it seems that he approves the appeasement policies of congress and is biased towards them.
Ignoring all these facts I have to say that the political events are well narrated and presented in the book.
I would rate the book as 4/5.