India Since Independence: Making Sense of Indian Politics
India Since Independence: Making Sense of Indian Politics is a comprehensive account of India's post-independence political history. It traces the development of the various political parties in India and places the current political scenario in a historical context. Beginning with a brief review of the intellectual tradition in India in the nineteenth century, it discusses the emergence of Mahatma Gandhi on the national political scene and the role of Indian capitalists in the freedom struggle. With a description of the predominance of the Congress party in the political discourse during the first few decades after independence, the narrative delves deep into the affairs of the party to include the rise of Indira Gandhi, the Congress split of 1969, and the infamous Emergency of 1975.
The book then proceeds to the factors that caused the decline of the Congress party, and the formation and the demise of the Janata Party. It also covers political crises manifesting in the unrest in Assam, Punjab, and Jammu and Kashmir; the emergence of regional political parties in various states; the Bofors scandal; and the Ayodhya campaign. The latter chapters of the book examine the tumultuous Rajiv Gandhi era; the arrival of V. P. Singh, which marked the end of the Congress era in the national political discourse; the foregrounding of the regional political parties; and the momentous decision of the National Front Government involving the Mandal Commission recommendation.
Loaded with facts and anecdotes, this fascinating account will be of interest to anyone who wants to make sense of the history of Indian politics since independence and the complex mosaic of contemporary politics.
Table of Content
- Nineteenth Century Intellectuals and the Emergence of Nationalist Thought
- The Emergence of Gandhi and the Nationalist Struggle
- Indian Capitalists and the Freedom Struggle
- Independence and the Emergence of Nehru
- The Era of Nehruvian Socialism
- The End of the Nehru Era, the Shastri Interlude and the Rise of Indira
- The Decline of the Congress and Indira’s Rise
- The Congress Party’s Shift to the Command Mode
- Indira Under Siege and JP Arrives on the Scene
- The Emergency: 26 June 1975–21 March 1977
- The Janata Party
- The Turbulent Years: 1980–84
- The Rajiv Gandhi Era
- The V. P. Singh Era