Makers of Modern India

ISBN-10: 0674725964

ISBN-13: 9780674725966

Edition: 2013

Authors: Ramachandra Guha

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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. Furthermore, India's leading political thinkers have often served as its most influential political actors--think of Gandhi, whose collected works run to more 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. Ranging across manifold languages and cultures, and addressing every crucial theme of modern Indian history--race, religion, language, caste, gender, colonialism, nationalism, economic development, violence, and nonviolence--"Makers of Modern India" provides an invaluable roadmap to Indian political debate.An extensive introduction, biographical sketches of each figure, and guides to further reading make this work a rich resource for anyone interested in India and the ways its leading political minds have grappled with the problems that have increasingly come to define the modern world.
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List price: $24.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Thinking through India
The Opening of the Indian Mind
Introduction to Part One
The First Liberal: Rammohan Roy
Relations between Men and Women
The Freedom of the Press
The Need for Modern Education
Reformers and Radicals
Introduction to Part Two
The Muslim Modernist: Syed Ahmad Khan
Educating the Muslims
A Modern Curriculum
The Two Eyes of India
Politics and Discord
The Agrarian Radical: Jotirao Phule
Educating the Masses
The Condition of the Peasantry
The Liberal Reformer: G. K. Gokhale
Elevating the Depressed Classes
On Hindu-Muslim Co-operation
A Call to Service
The Militant Nationalist: Bal Gangadhar Tilak
The Need for a National Hero
The Necessity for a Militant Nationalism
The Subaltern Feminist: Tarabai Shinde
A Comparison of Men and Women
Nurturing a Nation
Introduction to Part Three
The Multiple Agendas of M. K. Gandhi
The Power of Non-violence
'Non-co-operation� with the British Raj
The Abolition of Untouchability
Hindu-Muslim Unity and Inter-faith Dialogue
The Position of Women
The Rooted Cosmopolitan: Rabindranath Tagore
India and the West
The Excesses of Nationalism
The Problem with Non-co-operation
The Annihilator of Caste: B. R. Ambedkar
The Revolution against Caste
How to Annihilate Caste
Why the Untouchables Distrust Gandhi
The Muslim Separatist: Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The Steps towards a Muslim Nation
The Radical Reformer: E. V. Ramaswami
The Fraud of Religion
On the Rights of Widows
The Case for Contraception
The Constraints of Marriage
The Socialist Feminist: Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay
The Women's Movement in Perspective
A Socialist View of the Communal Question
The Renewed Agendas of M. K. Gandhi
Re-visiting Nationalism
Re-visiting Caste
Re-visiting Hindu-Muslim Co-operation
Village Renewal and Political Decentralisation
Debating Democracy
Introduction to Part Four
The Wise Democrat: B. R. Ambedkar
The Indian Constitution Defended and Interpreted
The Multiple Agendas of Jawaharlal Nehru
The Treatment of Minorities
On Planning and Economic Policy
Asia Redux
India in the World
The Conflict with China
The Rights of Women
The Hindu Supremacist: M. S. Golwalkar
The Hindu Nation and Its Enemies
The Muslim Threat
Not Socialism but Hindurashtra
The Indigenous Socialist: Rammanohar Lohia
Caste and Class
Banish English
The Grassroots Socialist: Jayaprakash Narayan
A Plea for Political Decentralisation
The Tragedy of Tibet
A Fair Deal for Kashmir
The Question of Nagaland
The Gandhian Liberal: C. Rajagopalachari
Our Democracy
Wanted: Independent Thinking
The Case for the Swatantra Party
Reforming the System of Elections in India
Freeing the Economy
Assisting the Backward
Why We Need English
The India We Want
The Defender of the Tribals: Verrier Elwin
Freedom for the Tribals
Neither Isolation nor Assimilation
A Tradition Re-Affirmed
Introduction to Part Five
The Last Modernist: Hamid Dalwai
The Burden of History
The Challenge of Secularism
For a United Front of Liberals
Epilogue: India in the World
Guide to Further Reading
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