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5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting Away The Occluding Myths
Having read the first essay - "Gandhi Centre Stage" - in one sitting, the experience was like the one described by Stendhal of "a pistol shot in the middle of an opera. Things can never be the same again..". It cannot be comfortable reading for many Indians of my generation, brought up in the living mythology surrounding Gandhi in India, and later, post his assassination...
Published 11 months ago by M. A. K. Khan

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2.0 out of 5 stars A potboiler
distinguished marxist scholar needful of funds? No penetrating insights in this conventional retelling of the story of India since independence
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting Away The Occluding Myths, 8 Aug 2013
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Having read the first essay - "Gandhi Centre Stage" - in one sitting, the experience was like the one described by Stendhal of "a pistol shot in the middle of an opera. Things can never be the same again..". It cannot be comfortable reading for many Indians of my generation, brought up in the living mythology surrounding Gandhi in India, and later, post his assassination in 1948, growing up in the London of the late 1950s. The essay requires a rigorous unflinching look at the past. I look forward to reading the remaining two essays when I receive my copy of the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Substantive Historical Comment by Perry Anderson, 2 Jan 2014
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This publication by Perry Anderson goes a long way in making sense of the deep historical fault lines that existed in the pre-partition British India and how these lead to partition. Anderson makes you understand how British created, for the first time, a United India, which had never existed before. And how this one entity of "United India" controlled from Delhi in a unitary structure, a tightly run federation could not have survived without the British power. With British withdrawal this continent needed a new constitutional arrangement, a framework like European Union, a confederal formula to extend that unity into future but the warring interests represented in Congress and Muslim League could not develop a consensus on power sharing leading to partition. A brilliant step by step analysis coupled with personality analysis of the main characters like Gandhi.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A potboiler, 31 Dec 2013
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distinguished marxist scholar needful of funds? No penetrating insights in this conventional retelling of the story of India since independence
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