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Maharashtra. Among the country's largest, wealthiest, most significant constituents. A great state in name and in deed that has been the cradle of individuals and events that have shaped India.

Girish Kuber - seasoned journalist and one of Maharashtra's foremost opinion makers - tells its story in Renaissance State. Taking in his vast sweep the region's politics, society and history from the time of the Satavahanas down to the present day, he chronicles a number of lesser-known tales: the empire that brought the mighty Mughals to their knees, the woman who took the issue of consent in marital sex right up to Queen Victoria, the social reformers who were far ahead of their time, the evolution of movements of the right and left as well as for Dalit identity, and the long tradition of this great land of always standing up to Delhi.

This is the account of the making of Maharashtra that its proud people deserved but had remained unwritten.

‰Û÷A fascinating unravelling of Maharashtra‰۪s long and turbulent history, Girish Kuber‰۪s Renaissance State presents the key facts and faces of some 6,000 years of this great state‰۪s existence. Introducing us to mathematicians and warriors, scientific legends and political giants, Kuber‰۪s insightful and extensively researched narrative is enriched by compelling detail.‰۪
‰ÛÒ Shashi Tharoor, author and Member of Parliament

‰Û÷One of the unfortunate side effects of rabid nationalism is the loss of regional identities. Maharashtra has a magnificent history, unimpeachable traditions and a unique artistic culture that has always refused to bow before the mighty monarchs of Delhi who believed they owned it all. Freedom came. But Maharashtra is still fighting for its rightful place in Modi‰۪s new India. Girish Kuber takes a panoramic view of what makes Maharashtra so special and why its proud people have always refused to bow before Delhi ‰ÛÒ and still do. For good reason.‰۪
‰ÛÒ Pritish Nandy, senior journalist and media personality

‰Û÷‰ÛÏThough asan individual Shivaji was a practising Hindu, he kept religion at bay when itcame to his politics and social life.‰۝ For me, this is one of the mostsignificant lines in Renaissance State, a rigorously clear-eyed study ofMaharashtra‰۪s past and present.‰۪
‰öÕ Shanta Gokhale,author and translator

‰Û÷Sweepingthrough centuries of history, Renaissance State is an excellent startingpoint for anyone trying to understand the dynamics and dynamism of India‰۪srichest state. It also offers a window on the paradoxical intellectual currentsthat have shaped the Marathi Manoos. As Girish Kuber notes, Maharashtraproduced both Gandhi‰۪s mentor and his murderer.‰۪
‰öÕ Naresh Fernandes,editor, Scroll, and author of City Adrift: A Short Biography ofBombay

‰Û÷This willbe the go-to book on Maharashtra and its residents for many decades to come.‰۪
‰öÕ JerryPinto, author of Em and the Big Hoom and Murder in Mahim

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