Bipan Chandra was one of the most respected historians of our times. Between 2004 and 2012, he was the chairman of National Book Trust. Economic and political history of India was his area of specialization. He was also one of the leading authorities on Mahatma Gandhi. The author also remained the General President of National History Congress 1985. He was a professor at JNU, New Delhi, and also taught at Hindu College. Some of his other works included The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism.The story of the forging of India, the world's largest democracy, is a rich andinspiring one. This volume, a sequel to the India's Struggle forIndependence, analyses the challenges India has faced and the successes ithas achieved in the light of its colonial legacy and century-long struggle forfreedom. It covers the framing of the Constitution and the evolution of theNehruvian political and economic agenda and basics of foreign policy; theconsolidation of the nation and contentious issues like party politics in theCentre and the states, the Punjab problem and anti-caste politics anduntouchability. These, along with objective assessments of Jawaharlal Nehru,Indira Gandhi, Jayaprakash Narayan, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Rajiv Gandhi,Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh,constitute a remarkable overview of a nation on the move.
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