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Patriots and Partisans In this wonderfully readable collection of essays, Ramachandra Guha defends the liberal centre against the dogmas of left and right with style, depth and polemical verve The essays turn a critical eye on topics as wide ranging as Hindutva, the Communist left, and the dynasty obsessed Congress party Whether writing about politics or profiling individuals, this book confirms Guha s standing as India s most admired historic and public intellectual


About the Author: Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha was born in Dehradun in 1958, and educated in Delhi and Calcutta He has taught at the University of Oslo, Stanford, and Yale, and at the Indian Institute of Science He has been a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and also served as the Indo American Community Chair Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley.After a peripatetic academic career, with five jobs in ten years on three continents, Guha settled down to become a full time writer based in Bangalore His books cover a wide range of themes, including a global history of environmentalism, a biography of an anthropologist activist, a social history of Indian cricket, and a social history of Himalayan peasants Guha s books and essays have been translated intothan twenty languages The prizes they have won include the U.K Cricket Society s Literary Award and the Leopold Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History.



10 thoughts on “Patriots and Partisans

  1. Praj Praj says:

    To someone who is well versed with the nitty gritty of Indian political panorama and exceedingly vigilant to the chimerical democratic garb that Indian politics adorn, barring a few nostalgic personal textual pieces, this book is akin to r


  2. Vikas Lather Vikas Lather says:

    It is always fun to read Ram Guha.


  3. Saumya Saumya says:

    This is a collection of various articles published by the eminent historian and author, Ramachandra Guha, in various newspapers and magazines It covers issues after the independence of India which challenged its unity and existence.The articles in the fir


  4. Anirudh Karnick Anirudh Karnick says:

    Like Guha s other books of essays.1 Smooth, anecdotal writing I have read each of Guha s books of essays on vacation I haven t intended to read them but have begun and gone on reading.2 Sociopolitical bellelettrism, basically.3 Guha calls himself a historian but


  5. S.Ach S.Ach says:

    Having read previously the author s scholarly historical narratives in India After Gandhi , and the brilliant editorial commentaries of the selected writings of the Makers of Modern India , I started this book with the pre determined bias that I would like it The liberal


  6. Kshitij Kshitij says:

    review incomplete Some excerpts A Muslim asking for equal rights for women finds it fardifficult to argue from first principles He takes refuge instead in one or other verse from the Koran, read or interpreted in a way most congenial to his argument He tends to suppress or ignor


  7. Little Creature Little Creature says:

    I here by disavow any notion of liberalism I would have harbored so long.A page full of bashing of Hindu fanatics counter balanced by single line criticism of other faiths is not the definition of liberals.Also atthan one point my Maharashtrian ego which is in abundance was severely hur


  8. Sairam Krishnan Sairam Krishnan says:

    My first whole Guha And I ve been meaning to read him for a long bloody time When I say whole, I seem to find his essays somewhere or the other The Caravan, Himal Southasian, other anthologies , and have always been rather overwhelmed by the depth and breadth of his scholarship And of course, t


  9. Neelakantan K.K. Neelakantan K.K. says:

    My review of this book is probably going to be biased since Guha s views are extremely similar to views I hold That being said, this is an engaging, excellent and very well written collection of essays The essays are on different topics, ranging from a history of congress sycophancy to the end of Premi


  10. Mukesh Kumar Mukesh Kumar says:

    Some might criticize him for Belle Lettrism, some for giving way too much importance to individuals rather than the fluid streams of history And some of that might be true as well Still, Ramchandra Guha s books are very readable and give a unique sense of pleasure A strongly worded liberal, always ready to voi


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