India Since Independence

A sequel to ‘India’s Struggle For Independence’, ‘India Since Independence’ gives a concise history of the numerous challenges and obstacles India has had to face after independence, for the nation to become a major power with a fast growing economy. Likewise, the book essays India’s most successful and proudest moments post-independence.

The book also essays how the Constitution of India was drafted in the Nehruvian era and how the country’s political and economic policies had a lasting imprint of the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Apart from this, the book also sheds light on the foreign policy and economic reforms that were introduced in 1991. Not just the economic aspect, the book also covers in details the sociological problems faced in modern times, like the prevalence of untouchability and the caste issues and others. It also dissects and discusses in detail the Punjab crisis as well as the party politics played out both at the Centre and the States.

There is a section in the book that documents the decline of the National Democratic Alliance in 2004 and the emergence of the United Progressive Alliance. It also records the historical context of the much talked about and importance of Indo-US Nuclear Deal.

With a total of 41 chapters, including the Foreign Policy: The Nehru Era, Agricultural Growth and Green Revolution and The Rajiv Years, the book provides a concise and updated overview of India and its economic growth story, besides the drift in the Indian political system since 1947. In doing so, the book also does analyze important political personalities like Indira Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to name a few.

About the author:

Bipin Chandra: An Indian historian specializing in subjects relating to the economic and political history of India, Bipin Chandra is an Professor Emeritus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has authored numerous books including Communalism in Modern India and Ideology and Politics in Modern India.

Mridula Mukherjee: Director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and professor of Modern Indian History at Centre for Historical Studies, Mridula Mukherjee has also authored many books in the same subject.

Aditya Mukherjee: A recognized author of Indian history and politics, Aditya Mukherjee is a professor at St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi and also the Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, JNU.

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