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Patriots and Partisans. Ramachandra Guha. Makers of Modern India. How to write a great review. The review must be at least 50 characters long. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Congress chamchagiri It all started after Nehrus death.
T was a gratitude towards her father.
With sudden demise of Shastri, cabinet ministers thought that making Indira PM would help them to keep all the string with them. This move backfired and Indira kicked their asses and took the complete control. During emergency ,Indira needed support and Sanjay Gandhi came into picture. So it was an hierarchy and dynasty coming into picture. Lobbying to first family,distribution of posts and portfolios were based on loyalty than merit. This actually percolated in the states of inia,like karunanidhi and his son in TN,Shiv sena in maharshtra.
Many industrialists successors would be different.. Chapter 3: Hindutva hate mail- collection of mails from different parts of the country on Guhas liberal thoughts. Chapter 4: Past and future of Indian Left: He speaks about kerala and Bengal,2 states where lefts had power.
Kerala went on to become state with highest literacy wheresas Bengal stayed back. Communist leaders are well read and educated which helps the government but their top to bottom approach affected the public. Indian Marxists are technophobic. They should overcome their close mindedness. Chapter 5: Protestor and professor- Anna hazare and Manmohan singh Hazare lacked world view. Not contesting Lok sabha election 3. Chapter 6: Gandhis faith and ours: His religious experiences were based onhis experiences.
Chapter 7: Nehrus reputation: We all blaim Nehru for China war defeat.
Yes it was a mistake.. It was very difficult for a nation like India to come under one roof and work towards democracy.
And to lead this mission ,people like Nehru took up the challenge and worked in a balanced way. He had a charisma , an aura around him and he lived to it. Nehrus secularism was doubted which led to rise of Janata party. He is remembered as father of Indira.
His next generations had spoiled his image to some extent. Chapter 8: India china war: Both coutries were free. One with socialist attitude and other with communist.
India being non aligned in cold war,n china on side of Russia might have triggered the dispute. China wanted to take over Tibet but India had some territory in between which was divided as Macmhon line by britishers.
If india would have fallen from non aligned, communalism would have grown and china would have been benefited. Next part covers more internal matters like pluralism of indian universities,bilingual intellectuals and their beneifts,.
Guhas personal experiences in building Nehru memorial museum and politics in it,book vendor in Bangalore,oxford university press, economic and political weekly completes the book giving an enriching experience for me.
A must read for different tastes and happenings in India which we would have never come across. Sep 06, Subhajit Sekhar rated it really liked it. It was a nice read. However, as a common man, I am interested in contemporary history of India. The writer is largely fair in his treatment of all types of political opinion be it Hindu-right, Congress-centrists or left. I recommend this book to all those non-scholarly types all of whom have interest in contemporary history of India.
May 03, Parth Agrawal rated it liked it. Finally i got hold of one of Mr. Guha's books. I was planning to start reading this author through his most famous book, India after Gandhi but i got hold of this in the training in bhopal and it was amazing I've always grappled with the meaning of left, centre, right, liberal, communists, Gandhian etc but definitions highlighted in these books has brought me one step closer to understanding them.
There's a possibility that in certain social gatherings if you associate yourself with any of the af Finally i got hold of one of Mr. There's a possibility that in certain social gatherings if you associate yourself with any of the aforementioned groups, either through self declaration or external branding, a certain backdrop appears out of nowhere and from there on, every action of yours is judged in association with that backdrop.
What do you guys say? Apart from this, the author has made no secret about the fact that he is a Nehru fan. He has enumerated and explained various instances to substantiate his claim and honestly speaking, he has swayed me. After reading this, i can safely say that Nehru is one of the most misunderstood, erroneously portrayed and incomprehensible PM that India has ever had the good fortune of having. Let's see what's the prevailing image of the first PM of India in the young generation's mind: This isn't true.
I won't deny that he was close with Mrs. Mountbatten but using this to draw conclusions about his patriotism is mighty small on our part. Compare any other PM and Nehru has fared better because he had to endure partition, creating a union of India by adding around princely states, starting the nation's journey with abject poverty and illiteracy and even the private enterprises were fearful of any investments to kick start the economic engine of the country 2 Communists say that he is a British agent because he is an English educated, upper class elite who ruled India and actually carry forwarded the discrimination started by the Britishers.
This image of his is actually because of his daughter. People generally confuse between the two as both belonged to the same family. She was the one who diluted the institutions and started the era of dynastic politics. If Nehru would have been responsible for this, then Lal Bahadur Shastri would never have followed him as a successor selected through a democratic process 3 Gandhians say that Mahatama Gandhi envisioned India as a confederation of self-sustaining village republics while Nehru made a heavy industry based and urban centralized model of India which was destined to grow at the cost of countryside.
Some weight-age can be given to this claim as this model has continued has led to severe ecological imbalances across the country. But still, we need to cut him some slack because he wanted to create egalitarian society both economically and politically, i.
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In the benefit of hindsight, its easier to point out these decisions as mistakes 4 Finally, the most famous mistaking China as a friend. This wasn't intentional. Assuming that he had better idea of history than me or most of us, he had all the proofs which helped him to conclude that China would play a big-brother's part in the rejuvenation of Asia. China and India had shared ancient ties long before Europeans came to India and since both were British colonies, it was natural to assume that both would cooperate effectively post-independence It is a very interesting read.
It has also highlighted about what's wrong with the education system in India but I feel that it would be better if you read it you own words "Nowadays, patriotism has become the last resort of a scoundrel" Nov 27, Aruna Kumar Gadepalli rated it really liked it Shelves: This probably, this is the one non-fiction which I finished very quickly.
Quick and good read. Partly may be there are few interesting essay of my choice - Mr. Especially like the essay on Congress Chamchagiri For all its purpose and usefulness the author could not keep his personal bias out of the essays.
But then he is in his own words a "extremist-moderate" Apr 12, Ravi Kiran Srivatsa rated it really liked it. Guha writes everything. A liberal and yet he speaks fair of all.
In the other sense, he has no problem finding out mistakes with anyone. Those alive, those dead, those he know and those he doesn't. Yes patriots and partisans is on masterpiece. Jun 25, Amit Tiwary rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one book which should be read by minds interested in modern Indian history. There are some chapters which are avoidable though I will update the list.
Aug 12, Raj rated it did not like it. A sad book. Guha is not liberal and he proves it in this book. He is too opinionated and biased to provide perspective on history. Part 2 of the book will not appeal at all to many many people. Sep 22, Gokul Gr rated it really liked it. Collection of essays. Some are very esoteric and hence slightly boring..
Jul 13, Ranjith rated it it was ok. Did not complete. Just lost the interest. Nov 16, Saravnanan rated it really liked it. I prefer to read the first part of the collection and Debating democracy,essays on Nehru,Gandhi's religion and Indo-china war are remarkable one.
My personal favorite is fall of the Indian left. Jul 15, Abhinav Singh rated it really liked it. This collection of essays written by Mr. Guha debunks many myth surrounding Pandit Nehru and through its logical consistency implores me to judge Pandit Nehru on better terms. It is a book which will make an Indian think about various policies enacted by state and central government in fields of education. Since I studied science in my college days I always thought social science is of no use to me but the way Mr.
Guha writes and describes the fact that social science is the basic ingredient to This collection of essays written by Mr. Guha writes and describes the fact that social science is the basic ingredient to have well formed mind is commendable. Whatever issues Mr. Guha was facing a decade ago has intensified in present days, secularism is being strangled by fanatics, you hear reports of mob lynching, high level official posts which were based on meritocracy is now based on sycophancy etc.
One of the best feature of this book is that it introduces you to host of other Indian author who think in similar line. All in all it was a book which provided me set of answers to a problem which every Indian can relate to Sep 03, Megha Sreeram rated it liked it.
This book is again a collection of essays related to various aspects of Nationalism and our foreign affairs. I particularly like a couple of essays that spoke about the Hindutva hate mails that he received and also about the hows and the whys of China policy.
While the hate mail essay was extremely relatable in this era of social media and paid trolling, his thoughts about the Indo-China relations were interesting. He seems to be a Nehru sympathiser to me. I am being specific because he seemed t This book is again a collection of essays related to various aspects of Nationalism and our foreign affairs.
I am being specific because he seemed to spare no softness for Indira Gandhi and abhor the next line of Gandhis. Well, these are just my observations. The book is a slow read. One might want to actually spare time after every essay to ponder about the ideas presented in those essays. Apart from last 4 essays which seem to have been written out of personal nostalgia about the events, places and institutions concerned, the book depicts a clear dichotomy of schools of thought on various contemporary issues.
Guha surgically analyses plethora of view points with a dispassionate approach. More, in the book for I don't wish to write a thesis on the book! Jun 17, Avaneesh rated it liked it Shelves: On the whole, an insightful and erudite collection of essays the hagiographic and fanboyish pieces on Nehru and Gandhi notwithstanding.
Oct 07, Animesh Mitra rated it liked it. Enjoyable, informative, leisure time pleasure but nothing new. Same information, idea, concept and ideology which Mr. Guha propounded in India after Gandhi. Nov 16, Aniketium rated it really liked it.
Feb 28, Nikhil Kumar rated it really liked it. Illuminating essays on the ideas of Indian democracy - politics, society, foreign affairs, religion, caste, language, education and intellect.
Sep 26, Sneha rated it really liked it. In some ways it is even a sequel - in India After Gandhi, Guha endures great pains to explain why he reveres Nehru. In this book he proceeds to explain by Nehru has been vilified in subsequent decades.
My favorite chapters were towards the end - he talks about the rise and fall of his favorite bookshop, the glories of the personalized bookstore experience, the Nehru Memorial library, the wealth and value our nation owes to historians, researchers, librarians and the Oxford University Press.
The title is appropriate, but not necessarily representative. This book isn't about patriots and partisans in the truly political sense - it is also about apolitical academics, research work and institutions that will inevitably if managed well go a long way to contributing to our wealth of understanding of ourselves as a nation.
Little-known scholarly magazines and institutions are written about with the warmth of someone who truly loves academia. These academics, scholars, writers and professors are the silent patriots, the uncelebrated and less glamorous nationalists who tarry on despite political partisanship and terrible bureaucracy.
This book is, in part, Guha's tribute to them. But if you haven't yet, first read India After Gandhi. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Ramachandra Guha.K M de Silva. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author's style Explain the rating you gave Don't Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book's price Recap the plot.
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