Set against a background of privation and civil war, divided along lines of caste, class, language and religion, independent India emerged, somehow, as a united and democratic country. Ramachandra Guha’s hugely acclaimed book India After Gandhi is a lordly account of pain and the struggle, the humiliations and the glories – of the world’s largest and least likely democracy.
A remarkable account of India’s rebirth, and a work already hailed as a masterpiece of single volume history.
Guha gives fresh insights on the lives and public careers of those long serving Prime Ministers, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. But the book also writes with feeling and sensitivity about lesser known but very significant Indians – peasants, tribals, women, workers and musicians.
The title was translated to Malayalam by P.K.Sivadas and published by DC Books under the title India-Gandhikku Sesham. A must read title to know what India had gone through.
Ramachandra Guha was born in Dehradun in 1958, and educated in Delhi and Calcutta. He has taught at the University 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 on three continents, Guha settled down to become a full-time writer based in Bangalore. His books cover a wide range of themes, including a global history of environmentalism, a biography of an anthropologist-activist, a social history of Indian cricket, and a social history of Himalayan peasants.