[Assam] Guha's Book

Dilip/Dil Deka dilipdeka at yahoo.com
Wed May 9 09:29:35 PDT 2007

A little more on Guha and Guha's book from the TOI. Apparently the book is brand new. 
  Guha hails Indian democracy
[9 May, 2007 l 0333 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK]                   

    BANGALORE: Two people from entirely different quarters of life upheld and appreciated India's liberal democratic credentials despite the numerous divisions that characterise it. Ramachandra Guha, and Nandan Nilekani, who launched Guha's book, India After Gandhi on Tuesday, said if there was anything to admire about India, it was its rumbling and robust democracy. 

Nandan said India's democracy was the foundational basis for its current progress. He said India's strength lay in an institutional framework of democracy, in its adoption of English as a global language, in its capacity to adopt technological change and in its gradual movement from a limited access system to an open access system. 

Nandan, describing Guha's book as lucid, detailed and highly readable, saluted the pioneering efforts of Ambedkar, Gandhiji, Nehru and Sardar Patel. He said the book exhibited extraordinary scholarship on India's political foundations and was a non-ideological, non-partisan must read. 

Guha recalled the history of India's democracy from the 50s to the current times and described the nation as an "unnatural nation and an unlikely democracy". He hailed India's success in managing myriad castes, religions, classes and communities and of course its capacity to hold and organise regular elections. 

Guha also recalled the efforts of one of India's finest civil servants, C S Venkatachar, who, he said, played a major role in the conceptualisation of the book, a result of eight years of research. He narrated how he compiled the book beginning from a "mythical history book". 

Guha described the pioneering efforts of Gandhiji, Nehru and Sardar Patel. He said it was necessary to write biographies of some of the greatest personalities of Indian democracy. 

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