Book Reviews of India After Gandhi: The History Of The World’s Largest Democracy
Nonetheless the name says ‘India After Gandhi’ but the narrative starts right from the Sepoy Mutiny days. Ramchandra Guha splendidly tracks down all important events in the history of India. Right from Partition and Riots and various famous and infamous incidents and the contribution of various freedom fighter and leaders pre and post Independence. Author has still missed upon a few significant ones like – Subhash Chandra Bose, Khudiram Bose, Madan Lal Dhingra, Uddham Singh, Bipin Chandra Pal, Bagha Jatin and the likes…
Detailed descritption has been given of the period when the counrty was in the hands of the Monarchs (Nehru-Gandhi) which ends with the death of the Rajiv Gandhi. Which gives the description of the various incidents like Blue-Star Operation and the Emergency rule under Indira. Aurthor also describes all the wars faught with China and Pakisthan and one of them which inturn led to the formation of Bangladesh.
LTTE in Ceylon and the rise of Naxal are a treat as it helps to relate with the current events in Sri Lanka and Gadchiroli (maharashtra). Mr Guha have not even missed the Union Carbide gas tragedy in Bhopal and Godhra carnage that marked the rise of a new leader with a good ‘M’ to his name(Narendra Modi).
The pace slakens at the end with a detailed description in the field of Indian Cinema, art and culture.
Overall the book is nothing less than an epic which can easily replace any Social Studies book of primary. With a splendid narration just the author has dealt the subject like that of any screenplay.
I would recommend it as no other book in the recent past enriches the reader with so much in just one pack.
Review by Parag Dassharma