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READ & DOWNLOAD ☆ The Idea of India Ü A classic since it was first published in 1997 The Idea of India is a magisterial historical study that addresses the paradoxes and ironies of the world's largest democracy When in 1947 the British divided and departed their most prized imperial possession they handed a huge diverse and poor society to a sTion written for this edition Khilnani reflects on the book's striking relevance to the country's recent developments from the rise of a new billionaire class to the election of a government with a exclusivist conception of Indian identity Throughout he provokes readers and illuminates a fundamental uestion as urgent now as ever Can the original idea of India survive its own success. I read this book on my train ride from Bangalore to New Delhi which gave the book a surreal pop up feel The book offers a post modernist look at India predominantly covering the Nehru and Indira Gandhi eras Through the lens of these two key eras Sunil successfully engages the reader in understanding what makes the country what it is today It excels in being bold and objective especially in its claims that the Hindu nationalist movement have contributed to the Partition The book goes as far as demonstrating how the village mindset is pervasive in the Indian nation and her culture however this is where the book also falls short as it gives an essentialist take on British aligned Indians and Village Indians ie us vs themFor those living in Commonwealth nations Singapore Malaysia etc this is a highly recommended read as it does shed some light on the neo colonialists mentality that we still hold

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A classic since it was first published in 1997 The Idea of India is a magisterial historical study that addresses the paradoxes and ironies of the world's largest democracy When in 1947 the British divided and departed their most prized imperial possession they handed a huge diverse and poor society to a small nationalist elite For decades this elite would uphold a political constru. Wow It took me 13 months to read this book I knew very little about the book's context and about the ideas explored when I started reading the book partly because of the allure of the title and partly because It was among the 25 Popular Penguins During the first 12 months I read the first half of the book plodding slowly 2 3 pages once in a while with a deliberate exercise of will power littering the book with marginalia and exclamation marks amazed at the language and the torrent of ideas and information Then unintentionally the book was gradually put aside and lost among a growing tide of must read books Meanwhile I read many other books dealing with the same subject matter and discussing many of the same uestions familiarizing myself to some extent with the numerous arguments Today I picked up Khilnani again to read a few pages to get a move on I hate half completed books on my shelf and to my surprise all the plodding was gone and I breezed through the rest of the book No was it an incomprehensible lecture which I should try and capture as much of as I can it was now a pleasant conversation with enough interesting back and forths from both sides that notes and such became unnecessary The book became memorable and the reading experience actually improved with this loss of awe This is the first mid book transition for me in which the tone and texture of the book along with my entire attitude towards it shifts so rapidly Makes me wonder how much is missed by reading a well written and popular book first without taking the trouble to study the subject first most of the richness that informed the author in his writing is lost on the reader by the author’s attempt to make the book readable It is a necessary tragedy Unless the reader takes it on himself to alleviate the collateral damage Is itPS About the book itself it is a very poetic and well written exploration of the uestion of Indian Identity While Khilnani doesn't offer much in the form of new theories on what this definition should be he very evocatively sets forth the many identities that have and continue to define the vast nation The discussion on Nehru and Gandhi is exceptional in their clarity and the unreserved take on Hindutva deserves to be read with great attention The last chapter rises to a poetic crescendo with Khilnani offering his own conceptions on how these various identities should be interpreted and accepted The stunning bibliographic essay which lists close to 200 odd books is a treasure trove and has given me an enormous and intimidating list of books that should be explored

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The Idea of IndiaCt an idea of India grounded in democracy religious tolerance economic development and cultural pluralism Sunil Khilnani investigates the fate of this idea offering incisive portraits of Gandhi Nehru and other Indian founders and assessing the lively debates among them and their successors over who is an Indian the meaning of modernity and India's place in the worldIn a new introduc. The writer's proximity to the first family is well known;glosses over the excesses of the first family; and governance failures of Nehru;a pro Nehru Gandhi view of India