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India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy

India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy

A magisterial account of the pains, the struggles, the humiliations, and the glories of the world's largest and least likely democracy, Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi is a breathtaking chronicle of the brutal conflicts that have rocked a giant nation and the extraordinary factors that have held it together. An intricately researched and elegantly written epic history peopled with larger-than-life characters, it is the work of a major scholar at the peak of his abilities...

Prologue: Unnatural Nation

PART ONE – PICKING UP THE PIECES

Chapter 1. FREEDOM AND PARRICIDE

Chapter 2. THE LOGIC OF DIVISION

Chapter 3. APPLES IN THE BASKET

Chapter 4. A VALLEY BLOODY AND BEAUTIFUL

Chapter 5. REFUGEES AND THE REPUBLIC

Chapter 6. IDEAS OF INDIA

PART TWO – NEHRU’S INDIA

Chapter 7. THE BIGGEST GAMBLE IN HISTORY

Chapter 8. HOME AND THE WORLD

Chapter 9. REDRAWING THE MAP

Chapter 10. THE CONQUEST OF NATURE

Chapter 11. THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS

Chapter 12. SECURING KASHMIR

Chapter 13. TRIBAL TROUBLE

PART THREE – SHAKING THE CENTRE

Chapter 14. THE SOUTHERN CHALLENGE

Chapter 15. THE EXPERIENCE OF DEFEAT

Chapter 16. PEACE IN OUR TIME

Chapter 17. MINDING THE MINORITIES

PART FOUR – THE RISE OF POPULISM

Chapter 18. WAR AND SUCCESSION

Chapter 19. LEFTWARD TURNS

Chapter 20. THE ELIXIR OF VICTORY

Chapter 21. THE RIVALS

Chapter 22. AUTUMN OF THE MATRIARCH

Chapter 23. LIFE WITHOUT THE CONGRESS

Chapter 24. DEMOCRACY IN DISARRAY

Chapter 25. THIS SON ALSO RISES

PART FIVE – A HISTORY OF EVENTS

Chapter 26. RIGHTS

Chapter 27. RIOTS

Chapter 28. RULERS

Chapter 29. RICHES

Chapter 30. A PEOPLE’S ENTERTAINMENTS

Epilogue: Why India Survives

Acknowledgements

Notes