Find Your Next Favorite Book
Our Money-Back Guarantee

India: From Midnight to the Millennium


Political, economic, and social conditions in India from 1947 to date.

Find your copy

Buy it from  $0.99
Buy new from  $7.51
Collectible from  $20.00

Change currency

Reviews of India: From Midnight to the Millennium

Overall customer rating: 3.000

The contridiction in Indian democracy

by Falcon on Jan 15, 2009

Sashi's fluid style of writing is brought out well in his discriptions of the complexity of blending old and new in India. In this book Tharoor argues that as a nation India has not achieved its goal, with huge problems plaguing the country such as abject poverty, illiteracy, rundown healthcare systems, separatist movements in Punjab, Kashmir, and the North East. The book is a comprehensive analysis of all walks of India life, post-1947. but the focus of the book is politics and the criminalisation in Indian politics. While rejoicing democracy in Indian, he presents a analytical but critical view of the decline of Indian politics under the Congress and Nehru-Gandhi family. He discribes Indira Gandhi as "autocratic," Sanjay Gandhi as 'thuggish," Rajiv Gandhi as pilot with no sense of political wisdom and Madam Sonia as 'less educated, but somehow hyped as a Cambridge scholar by Indian media'. The book is an interesting read on Indira Gandhi's emergency rule, subsequent election debacle, rise of the right-wing Hindutva brigade and economic reforms. The book is easy to read and insightful on the pros and cons faced in India being a democracy, with its emphasis on consensus and mandate. The inaction of govenment and difficulty in taking tough decisions on any front, whether it is the economic reforms initiated a decade ago or the population control program to curtail Indian burgeoning numbers. Yet, there is strenght in India's pluralism, its blend of people who have no single common thread of language, caste, creed, costume or custom to unite them.

Love it or hate it? Review it now

Discussions about India: From Midnight to the Millennium

Start a new discussion
  1. What's on your mind? Review post guidelines

Join Today!

Share your ideas with other community members

Create account

Already a member?

Log in now

Subjects related to India: From Midnight to the Millennium

Get $300 in coupons and other goodies. Sign up for newsletter No, thank you.

You're signed up (and we you). Watch for our Welcome e-mail and your first coupon. Thanks!