Political Secrets

Karunanidhi: A Life in Politics


By Sandhya Ravishankar


Ninety-four-year-old Karunanidhi has had a six-decade-long career in Tamil and Indian politics. He has been the leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam since 1969 and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu five times. With the death of J. Jayalalithaa in December 2016, he is the undisputed tallest leader in the state even though his party is not in power and he continues to be in poor health. Karunanidhi's contributions to state and national life are many.


He is known for pioneering several social justice and welfare schemes, as also for championing the causes of Dravidian identity and Tamil language and culture. The DMK under him was a crucial ally of the Congress and a constituent of the UPA. At the same time, he has also been embroiled in several controversies, including his party's support for the LTTE and the involvement of ministers from his party in the 2G spectrum scam. Karunanidhi: A Life in Politics chronicles the trailblazing life of one of India's most important politicians for the first time in English.

 
 

India After Gandhi : The History of the World's Largest Democracy


By Ramachandra Guha


Ramachandra Guha's India after Gandhi is a magisterial account of the pains, struggles, humiliations and glories of the world's largest and least likely democracy. A riveting chronicle of the often brutal conflicts that have rocked a giant nation and of the extraordinary individuals and institutions who held it together, it established itself as a classic when it was first published in 2007.


In the last decade, India has witnessed, among other things, two general elections, the fall of the Congress and the rise of Narendra Modi, a major anti-corruption movement, more violence against women, Dalits and religious minorities, a wave of prosperity for some but the persistence of poverty for others, comparative peace in Nagaland but greater discontent in Kashmir than ever before. This tenth anniversary edition, revised and expanded, brings the narrative up to the present. Published to coincide with seventy years of the country's independence, this definitive history of modern India is the work of one of the world's finest scholars at the height of his powers.


About the Author: Ramachandra Guha was born in Dehradun in 1958 and educated in Delhi and Calcutta. He has taught at the universities 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 in three continents, Guha settled down to become a full-time writer, based in Bengaluru. His books cover a wide range of themes - They include a global history of environmentalism, a biography of an anthropologist-activist, a social history of Indian cricket and a social history of Himalayan peasants. His entire career, he says, seems in retrospect to have been an extended (and painful) preparation for the writing of India After Gandhi.


 
 

Adhunik Bharat ka Ithihaas


By Bipin Chandra


Adhunik Bharat Ka Ithihaas (Hindi) provides the readers a great deal of information on the history of British India. This Hindi edition of History of Modern India is based on Chandra’s extensive study of colonialism and nationalism in the country. Additionally, he also includes insights from well-known historians of that time frame. This book’s primary focus is on the forces, institutions, and movements during this period, instead of diplomatic and military events.


Through the course of this book, Chandra also provides insights into the impact of British imperialism on the economic, social, and administrative life of Indian citizens. He also tells the readers about the response of Indians to this move by the British. Chandra also throws light on the political and economic scenario in the country during the 18th century, which made it possible for foreign merchants to conquer this land. The content of this book is presented in a thematic order, which helps the readers understand the material better.


Adhunik Bharat Ka Ithihaas (Hindi) contains insights into the factors that led to the development of a nation-wide struggle against the British rule. It also contains detailed information on the Nationalist movement, highlighting the contributions of several leaders. This book is ideal for students, and those who desire to understand the factors that brought about the independence of India.


 
 

Ashvamedha : The Game of Power


By Aparna Sinha


You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn't any. I was left with only one choice to create one. Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty - five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy Hades.


The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end. A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedhais a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control.


About the Author: Aparna Sinhawrote her first poem when she was seven, which she recited on All India Radio. Since then, her literary work and industry specific articles have been published in various media, including reputed business magazines across Asia. Equipped with a Master's in management, when she was forced to quit her lucrative job because of a chronic disease, she focused on her sole passion writing.


 
 

India Since Independence


By Bipin Chandra


India Since Independence gives a succinct analysis of the various obstacles and challenges India had to face and overcome in her past, and her proudest and most successful moments in the century until independence.


The book narrates how the Constitution was drafted, and the development of economic and political agenda heavily influenced by Nehru. It also provides an insight into the fundamentals of foreign policies and an in-depth analysis of the different reforms in the Indian economy since 1991. The author scrutinizes various aspects like the problems in Punjab, the predominant practices of untouchability, and party politics in the Centre and states.


In addition to providing information on the decline of the National Democratic Alliance in 2004, and the resultant rise of United Progressive Alliance's power, it also discusses the deal that unravelled political consensuses, the Indo-US Nuclear Deal. The book includes chapters like The Initial Years, The Colonial Legacy, Foreign Policy: The Nehru Era, The Rajiv Years, Agriculture Growth and the Green Revolution. The book has 41 chapters in total. This edition provides an updated and revised overview of the Indian economy, and with a consolidation of objective assessments by public figures like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, this new edition includes an overview of the Indian economy in the new millennium.


 
 

Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India


By Sujatha Gidla


While most untouchables are illiterate, Sujatha Gidla's family, belonging to the Mala caste, was educated by Canadian missionaries in the 1930s, making it possible for Gidla to attend elite schools and move to America at the age of twenty-six. It was only then that she saw how extraordinary - and yet how typical - her family history truly was. Determined to uncover that history, and understand the social and political forces that made it possible, she traveled back to India to record the testimonies of her mother, her uncles, and their friends. In Ants Among Elephants, she tells their story.


Gidla's mother, Manjula, and uncles Satyam and Carey were born in the last days of British rule. They grew up in a world marked by poverty and injustice, but also full of possibility. In the slum of Elwin Peta, in Kakinada where they lived, everyone had a political bent; and rallies, agitations, and arrests were commonplace. The Independence movement offered promises of freedom from foreign rule, from want, and from social oppression. Yet, for untouchables and other poor and working people, little changed. Satyam, the eldest, switched allegiance to the Communist Party. Gidla recounts his incredible transformation from student and labor organizer to famous poet and co-founder of the People's War Group, the most notorious and successful Naxalite party.


Gidla also charts her mother's battles with caste and women's oppression. Page by page, she takes us into a complicated, close-knit family as they desperately strive for a decent life and a more just society. A moving portrait of love, hardship, and struggle, Ants Among Elephants is also that rare thing: a personal history of modern India told from the bottom up.


 
 

Comparative Politics


By Parbir Kumar De


Comparative Politics is a comprehensive book for undergraduate students of Political Science. The book comprises chapters on understanding comparative politics, issues in comparative politics, constitutions and constitutionalism, and political dynamics and election systems. In addition, the book provides in-depth study of the political structure of different countries like USA, England and Russia. This book is essential for undergraduate students, researchers, policy analysts and candidates appearing for competitive examinations like UGC-NET and UPSC.


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