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Indian Political History Books

March 11th, 2009 · 46 Comments

My friend, Anshuman, suggested some books for learning about India’s political history since Independence. Here is a list:

  • India after Gandhi: by Ramachandra Guha
  • India after Independence (1947-2000): Bipan Chandra, et al
  • The Politics of India Since Independence: by Paul Brass
  • A History of India: by John Keay (covers complete Indian history)
  • The Idea of India by Sunil Khilnani
  • Nandan Nilekani: Imagining India (good backgrounder on different topics, and looks ahead)
  • India’s Politics: A View from the Backbench and The Future of India: Politics, Economics and Governance: by Bimal Jalan
  • Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi: by Katherine Frank
  • My Country, My Life: by LK Advani
  • Sonia: A Biography: by Rasheed Kidwai
  • Behenji: A Political Biography of Mayawati: by Ajoy Base

Any other suggestions?

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46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Siva // Mar 11, 2009 at 9:13 am

    India Unbound by Gurucharan Das

  • 2 g.e // Mar 11, 2009 at 9:29 am

    The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen

    Cambridge History of South East Asia edited by Nicholas Tarling

  • 3 Romit // Mar 11, 2009 at 9:44 am

    In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India
    Edward Luce

  • 4 Raj Subramaniam // Mar 11, 2009 at 9:46 am

    “In Spite of Gods” by Edward Luce is something that I highly recommend.

  • 5 Tej // Mar 11, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins

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  • 7 Mallikarjuna // Mar 11, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    If you are studying the game, please do get the rule-book first.

    Indian Constitution, Either by D D Basu or by Subhash Kashyap.

    I purchased one, after Atanu Dey questioned, How many citizens have read constitution?

    The murky sentences, the tenses (I mean, not the past-present-future tenses we learn in School Grammar, the tense in which words are used), the jargon, ……..

    No wonder, Judges and Layers eke out a living interpreting the sentences.

  • 8 Mallikarjuna // Mar 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    typo in my earlier comment.

    Should have been Judges and Lawyers do eke out a living, interpreting the sentences.
    This is a sad comment and not meant to be a contempt.

    Indian Constitution could have been phrased in a simpler manner.

  • 9 Amit Roy Choudhary // Mar 11, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I Agree with Siva India Unbound by Gurucharan Das is a good one

  • 10 Girish // Mar 12, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Two books by former ambassadors to India provide a good outsider’s view of India:
    Octavio Paz’s In Light of India

    John Kenneth Galbraith’s Ambassador’s journal: An American view of India

  • 11 Akshar // Mar 12, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Inspite of Gods and India after Gandhi are books with biased opinions.

  • 12 Akshar // Mar 12, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Eminent Historians
    Secular Agenda
    India Unbound
    Indian Constitution

  • 13 Madhavan // Mar 13, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I would also recommend any good book on the Emergency..
    1) All the Prime Ministers’ Men – Janardhan Thakur

    2) Delhi Under Emergency – Ajoy Bose/John Dayal

    Will give people an idea of what happened during a very crucial page of history

  • 14 Vishal // Mar 15, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    I liked Nandan Nilekani: Imagining India.
    It is very different book than I expected.
    The book is well researched and you happen to know lot of new points from historical perspective.
    The central theme remains less government , focus on education and environment.


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    2. REWRITING INDIAN HISTORY By Francois Gautier

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  • 17 Vijay Rana // Apr 23, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Never forget

    Wonder that was India by AL Basham,

    if you want to know of ancient India.

  • 18 alpa chheda // Aug 15, 2009 at 12:03 am

    a very good book on the evolution of culture in India : the national culture of india by S Abid Husain

  • 19 mickey // Sep 12, 2009 at 1:37 am

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  • 20 mickey // Sep 12, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Define Secularism. How does right to freedom of religion (Articles 25-28) establish
    India as a secular state.

  • 21 mickey // Sep 12, 2009 at 1:40 am

    List any five Directive Principles of State Policy which help in the formation of a
    welfare state in India.

  • 22 mickey // Sep 12, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Describe any two federal and three unitary features of the Indian Constitution.

  • 23 ramesh // Dec 25, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Sonia A Biography (Penguin 2009) by Rasheed Kidwai is certainly pick of the lot

  • 24 primrose // Jan 25, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Triumph of Will by Yusuf Ansari

  • 25 pavan chandu // Mar 13, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    please give benefit to the Indian’s. we know we are still developing, from ancient days we are listening these words. Now we have to change. don’t believe and don’t give chance to bought.

  • 26 pavan chandu // Mar 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    One day you come to that know your in a very danger situation.

  • 27 Justbooksclc // Aug 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

    India’ s Struggle For Independence By BIPAN CHANDRA

  • 28 gaurav khandelwal // May 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Imagining India is worth reading, its better to see online videos of mr. Nilekani about the same

  • 29 Prashant Singh // Jun 18, 2011 at 7:16 am

    i want to know about whats book is to competition examination

  • 30 Alisha Tomy // Apr 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    this website is actually not bad. If i could get my hands on those books Anshaman wrote, then i could be mistres of Indian Politics. Since i am an Indian myself. I could learn loads from this books. This website is awesome. From now on i gonna go on it every single day.

    OH YE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 31 amar // May 10, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I am intrested in politics a lot but there is lack of guidance for me in it.
    Are there any books dear friends that you can suggest me so that i can enter into politics and the book that can guide me and can show me the path in indian politics and i can archieve my goal from common youth to a leader.

  • 32 R Gopu // Jul 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    1. Rajaji – A Life, by Rajmojan Gandhi
    2. Buddha and the Sahebs by Charles Allen
    3. The Honorable Company by John Keay
    4. False Economy by Alan Beattie

  • 33 R Gopu // Jul 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Books on political history ignore all infrastructure development, including the building of roads, bridges, railways, ports, factories, electrical system, communication systems, hospitals and an educational system. Not to mention the green revolution and avoiding starvation. What kind of history is that?

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