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Twenty Tumultuous Years: Insights into Indian Polity (1973-1994) (In 2 Volumes)

Shri Prakash (Editor) Ayub Syed (Author) Anees Syed (Editor)
Synopsis This work contains selected articles, editorials and interviews by Ayub Syed, the editor of current, which week after week for the last quarter century were witness to the issues that have shaped the changing face of our nation. This book is a contemporary chronicle of the major political events and political movements, which have become the history of modern Indian politics. It is a chronicle of the personalities who enacted those events and who nurtured and then unleashed those movements, made by a journalist who was always so close to the action so as to almost be a part of it. Possibly the first of its kind, this book represents a new approach to the history of modern Indian politics. The analysis and perspective provided by the author and the political players contribute to giving the reader a valuable insight into what are probably the most important years in Indian politics. Volume 1 covers the period 1970 – 1989 in four thematic chapters and consists of interviews with Prime Ministers and national leaders who have played a crucial role in the living history of India. This volume deals with the emergency and post-emergency scenario, the decay the Indian National Congress, emergence of the Janata Party, fragmentation of political parties, institutionalisation of corruption and the beginning of economic liberalisation. Volume 2 covers the period 1977 – 1994 in five thematic chapters. This volume looks at the challenges to a political order built around a system of one party dominance – emergence and establishment of coalition politics, growth of regional parties, communalisation, Mandalisation and the search for a national alternative.
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About the authors

Shri Prakash

Shri Prakash is currently Professor, Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia. He completed his M.Phil. at. JNU and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He has worked on various peace and development issues concerning Third World countries. He has edited a number of books, the most recent of which are Towards Understanding the Kashmir Crrisis, and insights into Indian Polity, 1971-1994 (2 vols.); he has also published numerous papers in international journals and in various books on a range of contemporary issues.

Ayub Syed

Ayub syed (1931-1995) began his career as a journalist in 1961 with the ‘Patriot’, a well-known leftist daily newspaper in Delhi and its sister publication ‘Link’, a national weekly newsmagazine. In 1973 he moved to Bombay as the editor of the ‘Current’ a nationally circulated political weekly. Under Ayub Syed Current became one of the most influential papers in the country. Whatever the government of the day, Ayub Syed and Current stayed fiercely independent and remained a critic on behalf of the people.

Anees Syed

Dr. Anees Jahan Syed is a historian with four decades of teaching and research guidance in medieval and Modern History. She studied at Aligarh Muslim University for her MA and Ph.D. degrees. From 1975-1991, Prof. Syed was the Head of the Department of History, University of Bombay. During her tenure she developed the history department into a vibrant and respected research center. In 1985 she instituted the D.D. Kosambi Memorial Lecture series.

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Title Twenty Tumultuous Years: Insights into Indian Polity (1973-1994) (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121208041
length 765p., Index; 23cm.