India’s humane anarchy India After Gandhi: The history of the world’s largest democracy by Ramachandra Guha

Review by Aditya Adhikari A unitary, democratic and progressive Indian state was by no means pre-determined by its colonial legacy. At the time of Independence in August 1947, there had been nearly a year of incessant rioting between groups of Hindus and Muslims. An Islamic state had been carved out from the western and eastern flanks … Continue reading

Review of Ramachandra Guha’s “India after Gandhi” by Sumit Sarkar

The focus on political parties—and within them, on dominant personalities—inevitably leads to the exclusion of other protagonists, however. In his Prologue, Guha writes rather beautifully of the colourful tent cities that protesters from the provinces had established in the 1990s on either side of the Rajpath in Delhi—the imperial highway that runs up to the … Continue reading