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Phew And Wow This book starts with a brief discussion of the decline of the Mughal Empire during Aurangzeb s time and then describes the political situation in India when the Europeans started increasing their influence Each of the major events has been analysed well However, the best thing about this book was that it provided a variety of opinions by different scholars at every stage Also, it was totally non partisan and POVs of all parties have been presented well.Purely for scholarship Phew And Wow This book starts with a brief discussion of the decline of the Mughal Empire during Aurangzeb s time and then describes the political situation in India when the Europeans started increasing their influence Each of the major events has been analysed well However, the best thing about this book was that it provided a variety of opinions by different scholars at every stage Also, it was totally non partisan and POVs of all parties have been presented well.Purely for scholarship and information, the rating would be 5 5 However this was a bit dry and took me a couple of months, so 1 rating point has been deducted Also, the chapter on India post independence seemed rushed and could have been omitted Indian history has generally been divided in three broad periods Ancient from the dawn of history to the coming of Islam Medieval Muslim rule up to the Mughal Empire and the Modern the colonial rule under the British Now that the British has left the subcontinent 70 years ago this period our times is considered post colonial or Independent India Bandyopadhyay, who teaches history at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, has covered, as the title suggests, the hist Indian history has generally been divided in three broad periods Ancient from the dawn of history to the coming of Islam Medieval Muslim rule up to the Mughal Empire and the Modern the colonial rule under the British Now that the British has left the subcontinent 70 years ago this period our times is considered post colonial or Independent India Bandyopadhyay, who teaches history at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, has covered, as the title suggests, the history of India from the coming of the British till they left In a broad sweep he has covered the coming of different European trading companies, their rivalry for foothold in the subcontinent, victory of the English company, gradual foray of the British from commercial activities to interference in the local administrations, Revolt of 1857, transfer of authority from the Company Bahadur to the Crown, growth of English education and, as a result, a questioning and scientific temper among the middle class, discontent among the educated Indians, rise of nationalism and its expression both pacifist and violent, Gandhi, Hindu Muslim alienation, vivisection of the country along communal lines and finally, Independence By way of an additional chapter, Bandyopadhyay has discussed, in broad brush strokes, the major events and trends of the independent country from the adoption of the Constitution to the coming of Narendra Modi Any reading of modern Indian history invariably leads to a feeling of profound sadness A 5,000 year old civilization a country that isan experiment in syncretism than a nation finds itself broken in three parts as two major religious communities are led to believe that, after 1,000 years, they can no longer stay together as neighbours And at what price How do Pakistanis look at partition of the country and independence As Bandyopadhyay has rightly pointed out For many Indians freedom thus came with a sense of loss caused by the partition, while to many Muslims in Pakistan, particularly to their state ideologues, partition itself meant freedom After 70 years everyone agrees that the Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are entitled to enjoy their freedom and build their countries as they wish But clearly the bitterness persists to the detriment of all of us All of us Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis must realize that mutual recrimination will not take us anywhere Whether BJP s read Narendra Modi s massive victory in Uttar Pradesh indicates polarization along communal lines or rise of aspirational India and regression of social divisiveness is a question time will answer Some commentators have argued that Pakistan s obsession to portray itself as an extension of Arabia and consequent negation denial of its own 5,000 year old history is a cultural hara kiri that the subcontinent can ill afford see Singh, Bhopinder, Pakistan Disowns History , The Statesman, Kolkata, 9 March 2017 If a country as gentle as Bangladesh falls prey to the Jihadism of the Islamic State variety it will be everybody s loss In the new millennium we have far deadlier demons to fight and defeat population explosion, climate change, ecological degradation, malevolent and deadly use of technology and weapons of mass destruction, income inequality, dwindling natural resources, water scarcity and what you have And it s a battle we are all in together At least we should If history teaches us to look forward to the future with experience as our guide, books like Bandyopadhyay s serves as important markers A signal contribution to the study of modern Indian history probably the best documented book i have ever read.i am surprised by the depth of knowledge of sekhar bandyopadhyay.the guy is truly genius.but one has to himself give his own verdict as every school of thought has its own belief. Pretty decent textbook for the period covering from the 18th century to India s recent history Disliked the last chapter dealing with India s history after independence From what I understand the author added it for the second edition as people complained the book ended too abruptly at independence Unfortunately, he did not manage to do justice to it Half of the chapter just deals with the nehruvian era till 1964 and overall has a very rushed feeling Otherwise the book is quite decent.Whi Pretty decent textbook for the period covering from the 18th century to India s recent history Disliked the last chapter dealing with India s history after independence From what I understand the author added it for the second edition as people complained the book ended too abruptly at independence Unfortunately, he did not manage to do justice to it Half of the chapter just deals with the nehruvian era till 1964 and overall has a very rushed feeling Otherwise the book is quite decent.While other books have focused on giving a broad outline of India s modern history by focusing on the freedom struggle, the author brings in the story of the communities who were fighting for greater rights for themselves besides freedom from the British Examples include the struggle for women s rights, struggles by untouchables, communal frictions etc He uses the latest research in modern Indian historiography to expand on the reasons for the success of the Congress and Mahatma Gandhi s attractiveness to so many people while Gandhi was highly respected by most Indians, author shows how he was a figurehead whose messages were re interpreted by the protesters to fit their needs rather than followed in the literal sense Book shows how many of the Congress most successful movements were not begun by them Instead they were local led movements which, after they had reached some success, were led by the Congress In short, instead of a top down history, the author attempts to look at the different cacophony of voices which were part of the fabric of Indian history, while at the same time giving a very good broad outline of its movement towards freedom [ Free E-pub ] ♌ From Plassey to Partition and After: A History of Modern India ♠ More than a survey, and much than a thematically arranged narrative, this book is an eminently readable account of the emergence of India as a nation It maps a wide and often complicated terrain of historical happenings, their main players in groups and as individuals, and contexts that enable us to see the formation of a nation through documents of resistance and struggle, assimilation and rejection Typical history book which give proper scenario of independence how it start , the process of independence and how constitution demand proposed and how Indian achieve freedom from the Britishers.the language of the book is simple and easily understandable compare to Bipin Chandr. what differentiates this from the others is the fact that for every incident the reactions of several authors are discussed So in one place you get all the points required for analysis. Insightful, detailed, amazing. This book is a study in eclecticism which travels through time to the pluralist Indian society and nation state as we know today The British Raj is at the center of Indian historiography vacillating between evangelic, liberal, orientalist and conservative ideologies which where expressed through the Apparatus of British Rule , namely army, ICS, Judicial system, Council of directors, Board of Control The East India Company after the Battle of Palashi anglicized Plassey didn t overtly defy th This book is a study in eclecticism which travels through time to the pluralist Indian society and nation state as we know today The British Raj is at the center of Indian historiography vacillating between evangelic, liberal, orientalist and conservative ideologies which where expressed through the Apparatus of British Rule , namely army, ICS, Judicial system, Council of directors, Board of Control The East India Company after the Battle of Palashi anglicized Plassey didn t overtly defy the dwindling Mughal empire s suzerainty over Bengal rather than installed its ministers in the Mir Jafar s state council This policy was expanded to other acquired princely states in the Indian subcontinent as the East India company s expansionist policy resulted in territorial gains Land taxation policy became the substantial source of money in the British treasury which was reformed regionally to increase the collection pushing the poor peasants into a state of abject poverty Permanent settlement, Ryotwari and Mahalwari system each had distinct characteristics but otherwise all promoted an ever increasing tax demands through zamindari or other local landed aristocracy invoking variegated responses from the oppressed classes Colonial constructs are principles along which any group can rally around but the principles are inherently created by the colonial masters The author deals with many such constructs which shaped the Indian perception on number of issues, namely modern state, civilizations, etc These constructs resulted in an inward retrospective look which culminated, albeit surreptitiously into Hindu revivalism, tribal insurgencies, Muslim alienation, Dalit and women oppression The revolt of 1857 was a watershed moment in the Indian history The Charter Act of 1858 placed the Indian state under the direct control of the British Crown, the disrupting policies Lord Dalhousie like doctrine of lapse etc were terminated and the Mughal dynasty was invalidated The lack of leadership in the revolt was evident from the random spurt of violence across north India, although south India remained largely peaceful The revolt was also epochal in the change of British perception towards Indians who were now looked upon with contempt and beyond reformation.The humble beginnings Of Congress in 1885 as a debating club following constitutionalism didn t consider the cessation of British rule in India The elitist, land owning, patriarchal, Brahamanical organization was really constrained in its perception, plan and reach which changed only with the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi The polyphonic nationalism that India experienced was manifested in the large number of organizations during the late 19th and early 20th century, namely Brahmo Samaj, Arya Samaj, Congress, Muslim league, Unionist party, communist party, Hindu mahasabha, Kisan sabha, Akali Dal, etc The reforms initiated by liberal governments like Montagu Chelmsford prepared the ground for the ultimate dream of self rule of Indian Swarajists The instrumental ability with which Gandhi navigated such varying political landscape during non cooperation movements, civil disobedience movements and countless Satyagraha campaigns are appreciated by a number of historians, anthropologists in the book.The debate on Partition has now changed from the causes to the aftermath suffered by the people as onlookers, aggressors and victims of communal riots which transpired across the Indian subcontinent.The book argues that Indian nation state was not created but formed which is still plagued by the civic and ethnic discourses of its citizenry Apart from reading from ncert textbook and maybe for preparation for competitive examinations, this is the first time i have gone into details about British rule and our struggle for independence Some of the modern issues such as anti cow slaughter agitations, religion extremisms, role of bhim and ram sena types of group, caste based partiality, untouchability are not new to our nation These have been in existence since last 200 300 years Still we haven t been able to solve these completely.T Apart from reading from ncert textbook and maybe for preparation for competitive examinations, this is the first time i have gone into details about British rule and our struggle for independence Some of the modern issues such as anti cow slaughter agitations, religion extremisms, role of bhim and ram sena types of group, caste based partiality, untouchability are not new to our nation These have been in existence since last 200 300 years Still we haven t been able to solve these completely.The writer instead of asserting his opinions, tried to put up an impartial views on what happened and role of various people and organisations The kind of research put into authoring this book is immense and i cant imagine anyone collecting so much data for a book The bibliography itself had around 30 40 pages.I hope these types of material may be taught at school level It s a fact that history repeats itself and if we know about it we can always tackle the issues.I recommend this book to everyone specially school children if the language can be made little bit simpler.Giving it a much deserved 5 star although it was a slow read