The Indian Ideology Hardcover – 25 Oct 2012
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"Perry Anderson brings together a set of arguments that will be received with disquiet by the scholars and ideologues who have constructed a celebratory, self-righteous consensus about the Indian Republic. Instead of writing off the unspeakable violence and egregious injustice in our society as aberrations in an otherwise successful model, Anderson points to serious structural flaws and the deep seated social prejudices of those who have administered the Indian State in the decades since Independence. It is important to read this book seriously, with equanimity and an open mind, instead of flinching and turning away from it." --Arundhati Roy --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
PERRY ANDERSON is the author of, among other books, Lineages of the Absolutist State, Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism, Considerations on Western Marxism, English Questions, The Origins of Postmodernity, Spectrum and The New Old World. He teaches history at UCLA and is on the editorial board of New Left Review. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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on 2 January 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.
on 17 September 2017
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Perry Anderson has the unique gift of using over-rated Gandhi's own works to prove that all that was spun around this "saintly figure" was a myth. A well argued thesis which many would find hard to dispute. His analysis of majority of the Indian historians is vary accurate; they have colluded with the Indian Establishment to promote subterfuge in Indian politics.
on 8 August 2013
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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