India After Gandhi: The History Of The
World's Largest Democracy By Ramachandra Guha
Publisher Picador India
Publication Year 2008
Number of Pages 944 Pages
India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest
Democracy, published in 2007, takes an in-depth look into the history of this
country, since its independence from the British Raj in 1947. The author has
skillfully reconstructed the last six decades of India’s past. Guha explains how
the country was divided by religion, caste, language, and yet it established
itself as an independent, united, and democratic nation.
India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy studies the
conflicts and glories that the world’s largest and least likely democracy has
gone through. This book focuses on the integration of Muslims and Hindus
post-partition, the defeat against the Chinese, and the extraordinary execution
of elections. Guha has also given fresh insights into the life of India’s first
Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. This book also focuses on Indira Gandhi’s
resolve lead to the liberation of Bangladesh. Furthermore, the book speaks of
the dark days of the Emergency, which lead to the abolishment of civil liberties
and judicial independence. In addition to analysing well-known personalities,
Guha has also covered the lives of farmers, musicians, tribals, and workers.
India After Gandhi: The History Of The World's Largest Democracy presents the
contrasting picture of India, and shows readers how India’s strength lies in its
democracy. The book has been meticulously researched, and beautifully written.
It won the Sahitya Akademi Award for English in 2011, and has been chosen as the
Book of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Outlook.