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India Since 1947: Looking Back at a Modern Nation

Atul Kumar Thakur (Editor) B.G. Verghese (Foroward)

Writing contemporary history can be an adventure, especially in a country as diverse as India, where much happens but little is documented due to the lack of a culture of documentation. This anthology is an attempt at looking at Indias history through the eyes of an Indian through the writings of eminent scholars and budding talent and offering a perspective and viewpoint that is unbiased, analytical and introspective but basically Indian as opposed to a western viewpoint of India and Indian history. The thirty essays included in this volume penned by Indias leading scholars and insightful young writers, whose names feature on the cover,will establish interfaces in diverse domains and present an overview of modern India from the social history angle.Modern day India is very different from what it was in 1947, when it faced the challenges of existence. Now it struggles to develop, improve and clean up its systems in order to maximise its potential. Through first-hand accounts, this work attempts to describe how India handled the trauma of Partition and progressed further with radical changes in its socio-economic and political order. The topics dealt with cover a wide spectrum and include issues related to economic, political, socio-cultural, literary and artistic spheres. The essayists are looking back and taking stock of the progress the nation has made since independence, the reasons for the lack of it in some sectors and the advances by the nation in its march forward. A collection every discerning reader will love to own.

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About the authors

Atul Kumar Thakur

Atul Kumar Thakur studied, inter alia, at the Banaras Hindu University. He is a New Delhi based journalist, columnist and financial expert, with specialisation in the interface of politics and economics. He is also a literary critic with an informal record of reviewing more than a hundred books for leading publications in India and abroad. This is his first book as an Editor and Writer. He has contributed to two other anthologies on Kashmir and the Literary History of Mithila. He is currently working on another non-fiction volume.

B.G. Verghese

B.G. Verghese read economics at St Stephen’s College (1944-46) and is a columnist and author, writing on water resources, the North-East, current affairs and the media. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Centre for Policy Research in Delhi and Chair of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and of the Media Foundation. He served as editor of the Hindustan Times and Indian Express and received the Magsaysay Award for Journalism in 1975. He was Information Adviser to the Prime Minister (1966-68), has served on numerous official and non-official bodies and is associated with a number of NGOs. He is the author of many books, including Waters of Hope, India’s Northeast Resurgent, Reorienting India: The New Geo-Politics of Asia, Warrior of the Fourth Estate: Ramnath Goenka of the ‘Express’, and editor of Breaking the Big Story, published by Penguin.

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Title India Since 1947: Looking Back at a Modern Nation
Format Softcover
Date published: 26.08.2013
Edition 1st.ed.
Publisher Niyogi Books
Language: English
isbn 9789381523926
length xviii+340p., 22cm.