Thursday, 27 October 2016
Book Review - India after Gandhi - Ramchandra Guha
I was reading the news of Kashmir issues. It touched my heart and soon remembered the sentence, “His passing away meant the end of a negotiated settlement of the Kashmir issue.” This was published by Pakistani newspaper on Nehru’s death. I had read it in Guha’s ‘India after Gandhi’. It took a flashback of the consequences mentioned in the book. And so, I started writing a review on the book…
“Abdullah proceeded to Muzaffarabad, a town he had not seen since Kashmir was divided in 1947. He had no idea of how the Kashmiris this side of the ceasefire line would react to his proposals. Before he could find out, news reach him that, back in Delhi, Nehru had died. Abdullah at once ‘broke into tears and sobbed.’ In a muffled voice told the reporters gathered around him, ‘he is dead, I can’t meet him.’ When asked for more reactions he retired to a room, to be alone in his grief.” This paragraph states, Sheikh Abdullah had predicted that the issue of Kashmir is difficult to solve after the death of Nehruji. One more sentence in the book states similar thoughts. “For whoever succeeded Nehru would not have the stature, courage and political support necessary to go against the highly emotional tide of public opinion in India favoring a status quo in Kashmir.” And really now Kashmir issue has become the most unanswered issue for both the countries, for people of both the countries and mainly for the people of Kashmir who are suffering from both sides since last 68 years.
This book is the reconstruction of the past six decades of the Indian history. It lists events, struggles, glories, conflicts, miseries, solutions and disputes of the India, along with roles and action of few important personalities in India.
Two most beautiful parts described in the book are Nehruji’s era as a Prime Minister and 1951’s general elections. Description of general elections states how difficult it is to conduct any administrative event in the country like India (World’s Largest Democracy).
This book covers variety of topics of an Indian history after independence. Integration of Princely states, Mahatma Gandhi’s fast at Kolkata during partition, meetings for The Constitution and Ambedkar’s views, all general elections, Kashmir disputes, Khalisthan disputes, river disputes, war with China, all three wars with Pakistan, Liberation of Bangladesh, JP’s movement, Indira Gandhi’s emergency, LTTE issues, operation Blue Star, State wise conflicts, demolition of Babri Masjid, serial bomb blasts at Mumbai and many important events are covered in the book.
After reading the book one can figure out the chain of events interlinked with each other. It also indicates that how and who triggered some destructive events in India. Book also contains few old pictures which speak a lot.
All these qualities make the book one of the best non-fictions in its time.
Pratik Umbarkar (Nirman 6)
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