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    Sunil Khilnani(Author)

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This is one of the key books on modern India, acclaimed as the definitive account, and now republished with a new introduction.

The Idea of India was originally published to mark the 50th anniversary of India's independence and has since established itself as a uniquely valuable and authoritative book on a key subject. At the heart of India's self-image since independence has been 'the idea of India' - modern, technocratic, egalitarian, secular - but the tensions between the idea and the reality have become almost intolerable. This book shows how.

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'A splendid - and timely - book ... Spirited, combative and insight-filled ... Khilnani has woven a rich analysis of contemporary India and its evolution since indepence. I am inclined to agree with [him] on the robustness and staying power of the secular idea of India' Amartya Sen, Times Literary Supplement

'A masterful rebuttal to all cultural romantics and religious chauvinists ... [A] splendid book about definitions of the Indian nation' Ian Buruma, New York Review of Books

'Especially brilliant is Khilnani's attempt to understand the changing nature of India by studying its urban constructs' Chitra Divakaruni, Los Angeles Times

A splendid - and timely - book ... Spirited, combative and insight-filled ... Khilnani has woven a rich analysis of contemporary India and its evolution since indepence. I am inclined to agree with [him] on the robustness and staying power of the secular idea of India (Amartya Sen Times Literary Supplement)A masterful rebuttal to all cultural romantics and religious chauvinists ... [A] splendid book about definitions of the Indian nation (Ian Buruma New York Review of Books)Especially brilliant is Khilnani's attempt to understand the changing nature of India by studying its urban constructs (Chitra Divakaruni Los Angeles Times)

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Sunil Khilnani(Author)
  • Penguin (6 Sept. 2012)
  • English
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  • By Carno Polo on 21 December 2011

    The author tries to encapsulate the idea of India in five chapters:Democracy (how this was possible in India, and in fact how democracy made India possible!);Temples of the future (on growth after WW II);Cities (and the role they play in changing India);Who is an Indian (the most complicated of all chapters!)The Garb of Modernity (on ongoing change)A useful bibliographical essay completes this articulate book.These are important aspects of what makes India, of course, but hardly the only ones and perhaps not the main ones. Most people in India still live in the countryside.In my view the main drawback of the book is its excessive praise of Nehru. Yes he did keep India united after partition and preserved democracy but his autocratic economic planning delayed India's development, which really took off after the Nehru/Gandhi dynasty came to an end with Rajiv's resignation in 1989 and assassination in 1991.In any case, there can hardly be any such thing as "the" idea of India. A better title might have been "One Idea of India".

  • By Anil on 31 October 2015

    I'm Indian only by heritage. Very little about my day-to-day life is 'Indian'. Khilnani's detailed account of Indian history and society provides a seminal understanding of what it means to be an Indian and its role in our globalised world. He writes beautifully and manages to capture the spirit of thousands of years of cultural contributions to civilisation.Highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in knowing more about India.

  • By EmWill on 21 July 2016

    Detailed history of the epic country

  • By Vinicius on 20 December 2015

    Everything great!

  • By Tilak on 15 October 2008

    Pseudo-radicals have long dominated the market for Indian history and seem determined to force Indians to live all their crass, pipe-dreams though from the safe distance of a tenured job in America, the home of India's leading (allegedly) anti-imperialist Leftists! This offering is pure confetti about a India alleged to be engaged in 'military adventurism and belligerence towards Pakistan'. Amen!!


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