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Penguin 35 Collectors Edition: Makers Of Modern India

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Ramachandra Guha is a Bangalore-based columnist and historian. He used to be a lecturer at presti... Read More

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Ramachandra Guha is a Bangalore-based columnist and historian. He used to be a lecturer at prestigious institutions such as Stanford, Yale, the Indian Institute of Science and the London School of Economics. He was nominated as one of the 100 most influential intellectuals in the world by the UK and US Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines in the year 2008. His other works include Gandhi Before India, India After Gandhi: The History of The World's Largest Democracy, Patriots And Partisans, This Fissured Land: An Ecological History of India (Oxford India Perennials Series), Nature's Spokesman, A Corner of A Foreign Field: The Indian History of A British Sport and The Picador Book of Cricket.Makers of Modern India is a detailed source for information about the country's political traditions. The republic of India had a very tumultuous beginning and the author shows you how 19 political activists were instrumental in the evolution of this country. The author goes beyond a description of the people by including extracts of the speeches they have written. Each phase of the freedom movement and the following years of independent India are shown through the written works produced by these 19 individuals. In Makers of Modern India you will see caste, religion, colonialism, the economy language, gender, nationalism, democracy and secularism in a historical context. The book is a treat for those who are curious about the formation of the multifarious collection of people, ideas and religions in India. The author shows you how the lack of unison in the opinions of the makers of India complemented each other and resulted in the finished product called India.Readers in the west will find some familiar personalities here, including Gandhi himself, Jawaharlal Nehru, India's secular and liberal-minded first prime minister, and Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali poet and Nobel laureate. But they will also encounter much less well-known and equally distinguished figures, such as BR Ambedkar, the articulate spokesman of formerly untouchable Hindus, or Dalits, and the main architect of India's extraordinary constitution that in 1949 bestowed equal rights upon all its citizens. As an anthology of Indian political debates, Makers of Modern India makes for instructive reading.India has been fortunate in the abundance of thinkers who wrote extensively, and often evocatively, on the fundamental issues raised by the task of forging a modern nation from a severely fragmented and backward colony. Guha presents well-chosen excerpts, expertly contextualized by insightful introductions, from the writings and speeches of nineteen such thinker-activists who reflected, often in conflict with each other, on the critical dilemmas of their time: colonialism, religion, language, caste and Untouchability, the status of women, grass-roots governance, electoral systems, regional discord and India's engagement with the world... Makers of Modern India is not meant to be closed-ended, but it effectively brings together the great arguers, fiercely independent in thought and action, from whose disputatious but educated debate emerged the political traditions and compromises that underpin India's complex reality

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Title: Penguin 35 Collectors Edition: Makers Of Modern India
Author: Ramachandra Guha
SKU: BK0463241
EAN: 9780670097784
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover

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