Read These Books To Understand India And Its Politics

“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books.” – Roald Dahl

 
Read These Books To Understand India And Its Politics
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All the knowledge in the world can be attained by reading books. You want to know about elephants? Read. You want to know about cooking? Read. You want to know about feminism? Read. You want to know more about yourself? Read. Reading is the key to all the questions and all the answers. So, if you want to know more about your country India; all you have to do is read. India is a complicated country and Indian Politics is not so easy to understand either. But here are few books that might help!

The Wonder That Was India By Arthur Llewellyn Basham

The book is basically “A Survey of the History and Culture of the Indian Sub-Continent before the coming of the Muslims”.
The book is basically “A Survey of the History and Culture of the Indian Sub-Continent before the coming of the Muslims”.

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In order to understand India, you first need to understand its rich history. Indian civilization is among the oldest in the world. “The Wonder that was India” talks about the country’s history from the time of the Harappan or Indus Valley Civilization. The author discusses the reasons why this civilization declined and goes on to throw some light on the Aryan invasion theory. Most importantly, the book also talks about the evolution of Hindu religion which is a key to understanding India. The best characteristic of this book is that it comprehensively covers the Indian history without overlooking any aspect of Indian society and culture.

India Unbound By Gurcharan Das

The book talks about “The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age” in India.
The book talks about “The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age” in India.

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This is another important book in your journey of understanding India. While the “The Wonder that was India” covers India’s history tracing way back to the Indus Valley Civilization, “India Unbound” gives a detailed view on economic history of India from independence to the new millennium. Today, India is a rising economy and is trying to overcome decades of poverty but this could have been avoided if it wasn’t for its poor policies from 1947 to 1991. Gurcharan Das tells this interesting and significant story of India from 1947 till today and discusses all the major players who played their roles in making India what it is today.

India: A Wounded Civilization By V.S. Naipaul

This book is an unabashed and thrilling account of India and its culture.
This book is an unabashed and thrilling account of India and its culture.

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This is one book that describes and understands the essence of India like no other book. Here’s a book written by V.S. Naipaul through firsthand experience. The author uses several news reports, novels, articles, political memoirs, books along with his own personal encounters with Indians from different sections of the society to craft together a book that vividly describes a country traumatized by centuries of foreign conquest. The book gives you a brand new insight to the idea of India and covers all elements of the society that builds as well as destroys this country.

The Autobiography Of An Unknown Indian By Nirad C. Chaudhuri

The book’s introduction is written by Ian Jack.
The book’s introduction is written by Ian Jack.

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This book is a rather exceptional inclusion in this list. It is neither as comprehensive nor as intense as the books listed above. Nevertheless, it is an important book! In the book “The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian”, Nirad Chaudhuri uses his own childhood and youth stories and experiences to describe the story of Indian youth and the creation of the Modern India. Nirad’s viewpoint is extremely fierce and independent but worth noticing and understanding. The book is not only rich in its informative value but is also very beautifully written. The experience of reading this book is one you will cherish!

Make sure you read at least one of these books! It is important as well as crucial to understand the country you live in, right?