The Rediscovery of India by Meghnad DesaiThe Rediscovery of India by Meghnad Desai

The Rediscovery of India

byMeghnad Desai

Hardcover | April 26, 2011

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What makes India a nation? What has held its many disparate societies with their diverse, sometimes conflicting, narratives together for more than sixty years? What has allowed India to sustain its commitment to the democratic process, given its location in a region that is largely undemocratic? In this magisterial analysis of the last five hundred years of Indian history, Meghnad Desai looks at India's colonial past, its struggle for independence and its many contemporary conundrums, to discover answers to the questions that have confronted India-watchers for decades. Meghnad Desai draws on a wealth of sources to illuminate India's journey to the twenty-first century. Whether it is an examination of British parliamentary debates on the question of India's independence, or the liberalization of the economy after decades of licence-permit Raj, or the state's complicity in the Gujarat riots, Meghnad Desai's original, occasionally iconoclastic, approach to seemingly settled arguments makes The Rediscovery of India a ground-breaking and comprehensive account of India's past and present.
MEGHNAD DESAI was born in Vadodara, Gujarat, and received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Bombay. He went to the US in 1961 where he completed a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught economics from 1965 to 2003 at the London School of Economics, where he now holds the post of Professor Emeritus. He has aut...
Title:The Rediscovery of IndiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.58 × 6.56 × 1.67 inPublished:April 26, 2011Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: India at Sixty; Part 1; The Vasco da Gama Moment; The English Turn; Revenue, Reform and Renaissance; The Great Divide: From Company to Crown; The Settlement; Westminster Takes Charge; Ghandi, Irwin and Churchill; The Rupture; Jinnah's Hour; The Road to Pakistan; Political Economy of Empire and Nation; Part 2; Independent India: The Nehru Years; Heirs and Successors; Search for Stability 1989-2004; Globalizing India; Whose India? Which India?

Editorial Reviews

'Meghnad Desai's learned, elegant and provocative book is sure to rekindle the debate about the idea of India, its political and cultural roots and meanings. The reader will enjoy joining the author on his journey of rediscovery, as he deftly situates the unfolding of India's modern history in its global context.'