Makers of Modern India

Makers of Modern India Modern India is the world s largest democracy a sprawling polyglot nation containing one sixth of all humankind The existence of such a complex and distinctive democratic regime qualifies as one of

  • Title: Makers of Modern India
  • Author: Ramachandra Guha
  • ISBN: 9780674052468
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • Modern India is the world s largest democracy, a sprawling, polyglot nation containing one sixth of all humankind The existence of such a complex and distinctive democratic regime qualifies as one of the world s bona fide political miracles Further, India s leading political thinkers have often served as its most influential political actors think of Gandhi, whose cModern India is the world s largest democracy, a sprawling, polyglot nation containing one sixth of all humankind The existence of such a complex and distinctive democratic regime qualifies as one of the world s bona fide political miracles Further, India s leading political thinkers have often served as its most influential political actors think of Gandhi, whose collected works run to than ninety volumes, or Ambedkar, or Nehru, who recorded their most eloquent theoretical reflections at the same time as they strove to set the delicate machinery of Indian democracy on a coherent and just path Out of the speeches and writings of these thinker activists, Ramachandra Guha has built the first major anthology of Indian social and political thought Makers of Modern India collects the work of nineteen of India s foremost generators of political sentiment, from those whose names command instant global recognition to pioneering subaltern and feminist thinkers whose works have until now remained obscure and inaccessible.

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    1. To make the Indian experience more central to global debates is one aim of this book. Another, and perhaps greater aim, is to make Indians more aware of the richness and relevance of their modern political tradition. After such bold claims, I was disappointed to find that the book is in fact an anthology of Indian political writing. I strongly feel a commentary would have been better to meet the professed aims of the book and could have been made more impact-full with short relevant extractsThe [...]

    2. I could understand the disappointment of some reviewers here for this book. Most enthusiasts of modern Indian history, had picked this book after reading the brilliant "India after Gandhi" by Ram Chandra Guha, expecting this to be similar in treatment to the works and contributions of the makers of modern India. However, the book turned out to be an anthology of writings of some of the eminent personalities, mostly social reformers and political leaders, of pre- and post independent India. Secon [...]

    3. Historian, author and columnist Ramchandra Guha’s recently published book, Makers of Modern India is a sincere effort at profiling some of India’s most prolific thinkers and doers, whose ideas have had a defining influence in the shaping of our republic. The book – through speeches, articles and essays by these great personalities – tracks Indian’s political, social and cultural history over the last two centuries, giving the reader a comprehensive idea of how the country has come to e [...]

    4. A classic collection of essays and speeches of 19 brilliant thinkers of India. With the wealth of such writing available, I still wonder how come we still teach our children the mundane history script. Why not allow them to read what the Mahatma or Nehru themselves had to say. Let the children form their own opinion about these great people.I cannot think of one modern day politician who can write and articulate as well as these great men did. Fact was that all were voracious readers and of cour [...]

    5. The book "Makers of Modern India" by "Ramachandra Guha" gives you first-row seat of the India in making through the thoughts and ideologies of such varied personalities. Irrespective of the fact whether they are remembered today or not, it can't be denied that they contributed most of the bricks that laid the foundation of our nation. India which still remains the greatest experiment in democracy ever.The book has a slow start and I was only left wondering why did I picked it. But, it gradually [...]

    6. "I have long believed India to be the most interesting country in the world. This is the impartial judgement of a historian, not the partisan claim of a citizen. India may also be the most exasperating and the most hierarchical and the most degrading country in the world. But whatever qualifier or adjective one uses or prefers, it remains the most interesting, too." truer words couldn't have been said!I rather liked the fact that it was an anthology of works by the *makers* of modern India. I ha [...]

    7. I did not expect that this book will be only a collection of writings penned by the makers of modern India, with very short introductions to each maker. But this aspect gives the book its charm, it gives you the opportunity to read the [translated] original works of the people most influential in shaping the destiny of India. Almost all the articles selected in this book are still relevant in today's Indian society and democracy to a large extent.

    8. The book written by Ram Chandra Guha are always detailed and covers the details which have been missed by other political writers, which he mentioned in his books candidly. It contained the political work done by various personalities in the British India and Independent India. It tells how the former made the foundation for new India. The Gandhi of course shadows other leaders because of his political, spiritual thinking. The chapter I like the most is one on Tarabhai Shinde, born in Marathi fa [...]

    9. The author has made a list of personalities who have played an important role in the building of the ideas on which our nation is built. The author has selected 2-3 ( more in case of people like Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru) pieces of writing which gives us an insight into the thoughts of each maker.What I missed is an in-depth treatment of each maker. My expectation from the author is very high and definitely a more analytical treatment would have made me happier.

    10. excellent book. I'm in love with tarabai shinde and hamid dalwai. maharashtra had a disproportionate number of cool people. or maybe guha's selection is biased. either way, excellent book.

    11. A really nice collection of thoughts and essays of a pantheon of great Indian thinkers in the 19th and 2oth Century. The thing which I liked the most about the book is how the author has included the thoughts of political adversaries in subsequent chapters and have tried to be completely impartial. This is a true sign of a historian who presents the facts to the audience as it is without bringing his subjectivity into the matter and let the readers decide which point of view they agree with or n [...]

    12. A classic book by Ramchandra Guha (Buy it)1)This book is basically a biography (or biographies) of some great historical personalities of their times,some of whom we know through our history books and some are very unknown names which makes the book more interesting.2)The book included these famous persons-*Rammohan roy*Syed ahmad khan*Jotirao Phule*Gopal Krishna Gokhale*Bal Gangadhar Tilak*Tarabai shinde*M.K gandhi*Rabindranath Tagore*B.R ambedkar*muhammad ali Jinnah*E.V ramaswami*Kamala Devi c [...]

    13. For me this book was an exhilarating experience. Reading excerpts from famous speeches or essays on ideologies and beliefs of key leaders who shaped the history of modern India was just fabulous. The thoughts expressed are still relevant to a great extent and it's pity that we no more have such leaders amongst us. It's a pity that our generation have no opportunity to get exposed to such a rich and inspiring leadership. It's a pity that we have such less regard and take things for granted, which [...]

    14. Just a collection of writings of people who have contributed to the formation of India as a nation. Nothing more, nothing less. The two stars for the collection part. Mr Guha hasn't really added anything worthwhile to it. A bit of perspective would have been welcome. If I were to read historical letters i would go to the National Archives and not buy a 560 page book.

    15. Ramachandra Guha compiles a very apt list of Modern India makers. Filled with simple descriptions and some welcoming facts.

    16. Having just finished reading India after Gandhi, an excellent book by Guha, it may have been a touch too soon to read this one without involuntarily comparing the two. The prologue which was excellent in the way it laid out the framework for the book was in stark contrast to the language used. Ironically, while he comments on the "eccentricities of syntax and grammar of the Makers", it seemed like he was trying to follow them - Size of its territory plus the diversity of its people when the cock [...]

    17. This is the author's next contribution to modern Indian history after his brilliant work titled 'India after Gandhi'. Here, Dr.Guha presents a selection of the contributions of nineteen eminent Indians who have shaped and made a defining impact on our country's outlook through their ideas, vision and expositions on the diverse subjects of caste, class, religion, nationalism, colonialism, democracy and secularism. The approach is somewhat different in this book because Dr. Guha simply introduces [...]

    18. This was my third book of historian Ramchandra Guha which I was reading and like previous two books, it was worth reading. Makers of modern India one of among best books which I have read. This book. This book gives a detailed account of Political and social thinkers of India.It has contained the political works done by various political thinkers in British India. This book gives a short introduction to that political thinkers and contains his speeches and writing. This book has covered Nineteen [...]

    19. Clearly, a typical book of R. Guha, though a tad bit lower than the expectations I had with it. Though the title 'Makers of Modern India' is itself a difficult title, if all you are doing is mentioning only 19 people & only a few of their speeches without a detailed background of their biography in many cases. Having said that, it is indeed a humble attempt to begin with & the best part is that the book is a quick read and does speak about the shape of India that was carved finally in 19 [...]

    20. Still midway through the book, but a big disappointment after the expectations set by India after Gandhi. Sheer laziness on the part of the author to fill the book with reams of other people's writing. What he tries to pass off as excerpts actually fills up 80-90% of the text of this book, leaving only a few pages for his own, original commentary and contribution. While one might argue that he has taken pain to pick out the relevant excerpts from tomes of writing by these 'Makers', it makes the [...]

    21. “"WOW !!!! What a book. I am glad that I read this book and it shall always be amongst my most treasured possessions. The book looks into the radical thoughts of eminent political leaders of modern India that nurtured the growth of the miraculous diverse democracy called India. The reason I use radical is that some of these fighters, thinkers, political activists were very forward thinking for the era they lived in. It brings to light the speeches, writings, essays of these stalwarts of Indian [...]

    22. Was particularly impressed with Dr.Ambedkar on untouchability.It amazed me to see how relevant (or prophetic) Rajaji's thoughts were on Indian democracy. On elections, on leftist economics of Congress, on lack of internal democracy, on need of a balanced opposition party. Unfortunately most of these are still true after 50 years. It was also interesting to read the first manifesto of the Swatantra party. But the best thing was reading the relatively unknown Hamid Dalwai who to my mind is the fir [...]

    23. Makers of Modern India was an eye opener for me as I had heard of these people but never had a chance to actually read what they wrote or spoke about. Out of the 19 the ones that stuck with me are M.K. Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, B.R. Ambedkar, E.V. Ramaswami, Jawaharlal Nehru, Jayaprakash Narayan, C. Rajagopalchari, Verrier Elwin and Hamid Dalwai. Reading excerpts of articles and books that these men have published makes me realise how the state of Indian politics has deteriorated over the yea [...]

    24. Enlightening. The various individuals mentioned in the book are certainly the bigger pieces of the jigsaw that is Modern India, yet somehow the book seems incomplete because of a lack of an analysis by the author why these are considered so valuable as to be the special ones desrving mention in the book. His reproductions of extracts from books, speeches and letters is comendable yet that touch of Guha, which shows his insight into Indian history and understanding is missing which takes away som [...]

    25. One of my favorite Indian historians! This is a superb anthology of writing by India's rich intellectual political figures through the 19th and 20th centuries. Spirited debate of ideas by sometimes vehemently opposed opinions but always patriotic and passionately looking to improve society - from RamMohan Roy, Nehru, Gandhi, Tilak, Rajaji and the polarizing fascist leaning Golwalkar - this book is fascinating and a must-read for any Indian history enthusiast. I learnt a lot about one of my favor [...]

    26. A pretty good book if one wants to put the Indian history - from pre-independence to post-independence - into a large framework and have a big picture. It also gives a great sense of direction towards independence and beyond, including all that which the Indian thinker-political activists stood for in the society in their respective times. When I read through the book, I found the writings of many a thinkers extremely thought-provoking. In fact, I was amazed at their ability to not only think th [...]

    27. Excellent book of extracts from speeches and writings of makers of modern India. I particularly enjoyed the writings of C Rajagopalachari on economic liberalism, Tarabai Shinde on feminism, Ambedkar on the annihilation of caste and the deep failure of 25 years of satyagraha for the betterment of the Harijans and Jayaprakash Narayan on Kashmir. This book is worth buying just to read the few pages of Hamid Dalwai with which the book ends - a person I was completely unfamiliar with and whose words [...]

    28. Well the title is mis-leading with many "makers" which Mr Guha mentioned in the book didn't have significant impact on the society.It wold be better titled with "Thinkers of modern India"However,the book is a marvelous compilation of some of the greatest thinkers ranging from 18th century to present day.One will be amazed while sneaking into the minds of 18th century thinkers and writers with their clarity of thoughts and broad view.Tarabai Shinde,Hamid Dalwai, EV Swamy and other less popular In [...]

    29. Makers of Modern India is a highly readable and informative book on the politics in India from the time of Rammohan Roy to the time of independence and beyond. The author Ramachandra Guha says in the book that one of his aims was "to make Indians more aware of the richness and relevance of their modern political tradition". He really succeeds in that aim. It was fascinating to read about the thoughts and ideas of the makers of modern india. The ideas of these men and women have played and contin [...]

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