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India after Independence, 1947-2000

Bipan Chandra (Author) Aditya Mukherjee (Author) Mridula Mukherjee (Author)
Synopsis The story of the forging of contemporary India, the world’s largest democracy, is a rich and inspiring one. This volume, a sequel to the authors’ best-selling India’s Struggle for Independence, analyses the challenges India has faced and the successes it has achieved over the last five decades, in the light of its colonial legacy and century-long struggle for freedom. In doing so, it shows how unique the Indian experience is in the Third World—combining development with democracy and civil liberties. With great insight and clarity the book describes how against great odds the Constitution was framed by seeking the widest possible consensus, as also how the Nehruvian political and economic agenda and basics of foreign policy were evolved and developed. Essential to the quest for consolidation of the nation was the integration of the princely states, the linguistic reorganization of the states, the integration of the tribals into the mainstream and the countering of regional imbalances. Among the other contentious issues considered here, with all their implications for the present situation, are India’s foreign policy, party politics in the Centre and the states, the Punjab problem, the growth of communalism, and anticaste politics and untouchability. There are detailed analyses of the Indian economy, including the reforms since 1991, the wide-ranging land reforms and the Green Revolution. These, along with the objective assessments of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Jayaprakash Narayan, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Rajiv Gandhi, Vishwanath Pratap Singh and Atal Behari Vajpayee constitute a remarkable overview of a nation on the move. Incisive, pithy and optimistic, India After Independence is a welcome introduction to contemporary India and reaffirms the strength of Indian democracy in the coming millennium.
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About the authors

Bipan Chandra

Bipan Chandra born and brought up in kangra, Himachal Pradesh, studied at Forman Christian College, Lahore, and Stanford University, U.S.A. He is at present Professor Emeritus at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and National research professor. He has been UGC National Lecturer, a Visiting professor at El Colegio de Mexico, member of the university Grants Commission and president of the Indian History Congress. His other Publications include The Rise and growth of economic nationalism in India, nationalism and Colonialism in Modern India, Modern India, Communalism in Modern India, Ideology and Politics in Modern India, essays on Contemporary India, Essays on Indian nationalism, Epic Struggle, essays on Colonialism and In the name of democracy: J P Movement and the Emergency. He has edited Indian left: critical Appraisals and Ranade's economic Writings and co-authored freedom Struggle, India's Struggle for Independence and Indian After Independence 1947-2000.

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Aditya Mukherjee

Aditya Mukherjee is Professor of Contemporary Indian History at the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU and Director of the Academic Staff College of the University.

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Bibliographic information

Title India after Independence, 1947-2000
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 0140278257
length x+549p., 23cm.