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[Read Kindle] ò From Plassey to Partition and After: A History of Modern India ó More than a survey, and much than a thematically arranged narrative, this book is an eminently readable account of the emergence of India as a nation It maps a wide and often complicated terrain of historical happenings, their main players in groups and as individuals, and contexts that enable us to see the formation of a nation through documents of resistance and struggle, assimilation and rejection Apart from reading from ncert textbook and maybe for preparation for competitive examinations, this is the first time i have gone into details about British rule and our struggle for independence Some of the modern issues such as anti cow slaughter agitations, religion extremisms, role of bhim and ram sena types of group, caste based partiality, untouchability are not new to our nation These have been in existence since last 200 300 years Still we haven t been able to solve these completely.T Apart from reading from ncert textbook and maybe for preparation for competitive examinations, this is the first time i have gone into details about British rule and our struggle for independence Some of the modern issues such as anti cow slaughter agitations, religion extremisms, role of bhim and ram sena types of group, caste based partiality, untouchability are not new to our nation These have been in existence since last 200 300 years Still we haven t been able to solve these completely.The writer instead of asserting his opinions, tried to put up an impartial views on what happened and role of various people and organisations The kind of research put into authoring this book is immense and i cant imagine anyone collecting so much data for a book The bibliography itself had around 30 40 pages.I hope these types of material may be taught at school level It s a fact that history repeats itself and if we know about it we can always tackle the issues.I recommend this book to everyone specially school children if the language can be made little bit simpler.Giving it a much deserved 5 star although it was a slow read From Plassey to Partition and After is that rare unbiased book on modern India Objective and comprehensive, it is the one and only book you need to read to grasp the complex contours of modern Indian history What distinguishes it from other books is that the author Sekhar Bandyopadhyay is careful to treat modern Indian history as a site of intense contestation He doesn t thrust a particular narrative in your face, like Bipan Chandra pushes his Marxist nationalistic narrative of India s free From Plassey to Partition and After is that rare unbiased book on modern India Objective and comprehensive, it is the one and only book you need to read to grasp the complex contours of modern Indian history What distinguishes it from other books is that the author Sekhar Bandyopadhyay is careful to treat modern Indian history as a site of intense contestation He doesn t thrust a particular narrative in your face, like Bipan Chandra pushes his Marxist nationalistic narrative of India s freedom struggle in India s Struggle for Independence Rather, Bandyopadhyay recognizes that freedom meant different things for different socio economic groups and furnishes a well researched summary of various historiographical strands He also incorporates recent academic work on economic history and explains modern political developments in the context of material conditions, marking an illuminating shift from the usual personality ideology centric approach to historical events For instance, he writes that Pakistan was presented as a peasant utopia to the peasants of East Bengal, which would liberate the Muslim peasantry from the hands of Hindu zamindars and moneylenders, thus representing a break from existing agrarian relations He also writes about the balancing act Congress had to perform between indigenous capitalists and the working class He writes that working class support for the Congress was, in general, weak industrial workers in Bombay had meanwhile thrown in their lot with the Communists with the exception of Bengal where their fight was against the British capitalists He also writes about how caste relations played a role in the success of Congress led mass movements In general, many 19th century peasant movements with a significant element of self initiative were co opted into the Non Cooperation Movement Regions with no pre history of peasant mobilization remained quiet during so called national movements And regions with long standing resentments often spiraled out of the hands of Congress leaders and turned violent The movement was controlled and successful primarily in the region where dominant peasant communities such as the Mahishya caste in Bengal and Patidars in Gujarat held sway over lower caste agricultural labourers Regions withcross caste mobilization, such as Awadh, tended to turn violent The book is a scholarly achievement, a task made all thedifficult by the proximity of the period under study The only thing this book needs are some section headings between the relentless paragraphs This will help the reader mentally categorize the various crisscrossing strands and combine them to harvest an accessible account of this complex period This quibble aside, From Plassey to Partition is easily the most enlightening book on modern India I ve read Highly recommended Phew And Wow This book starts with a brief discussion of the decline of the Mughal Empire during Aurangzeb s time and then describes the political situation in India when the Europeans started increasing their influence Each of the major events has been analysed well However, the best thing about this book was that it provided a variety of opinions by different scholars at every stage Also, it was totally non partisan and POVs of all parties have been presented well.Purely for scholarship Phew And Wow This book starts with a brief discussion of the decline of the Mughal Empire during Aurangzeb s time and then describes the political situation in India when the Europeans started increasing their influence Each of the major events has been analysed well However, the best thing about this book was that it provided a variety of opinions by different scholars at every stage Also, it was totally non partisan and POVs of all parties have been presented well.Purely for scholarship and information, the rating would be 5 5 However this was a bit dry and took me a couple of months, so 1 rating point has been deducted Also, the chapter on India post independence seemed rushed and could have been omitted probably the best documented book i have ever read.i am surprised by the depth of knowledge of sekhar bandyopadhyay.the guy is truly genius.but one has to himself give his own verdict as every school of thought has its own belief.