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In order to understand modern Indian history, one must read these books.

As we know that Indian history is broadly divided into three categories, namely, ancient, medieval, and modern. Therefore, in order to understand where India stands today, one must read some of the books on modern Indian history which will throw light on how India became what it became.

The Idea of India by Sunil Khilani


Though this book was published in 1977, still it is very much relevant and can be a good source to understand modern Indian history. This book serves as an introductory serve as an introductory guide in which important topics are covered such as how India became independent, its economic and political history since Partition, and how democracy shaped the country into a nation.

India after Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha

This is one of the most significant books written on modern Indian history. This book primarily covers “India after Gandhi”, as the title itself tells. This means that this book talks about the post-independence era, i.e. from 1947 to 1990s. In fact, one can get to know about the political, economic, and social background which existed in India after the death of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture, and Identity by Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen, a Nobel Laureate economist writes about India's history and identity in this book. At the same time, he primarily focused on the traditions of public debate and intellectual pluralism in this book. It must be noted that this book by Sen is a compilation of all the essays which he had written considering all the spheres of the country. Therefore, this is good read in order to know understand about modern India.

India– The Emerging Giant by Arvind Panagiriya

This book is best suited for those who want to know and understand the economy of India. This book focuses on the different economic paths, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Manmohan Singh. Though this book is mostly comprehensive and analytical, but it is a good read in order to know the depths of modern Indian history in terms of economy.

Keywords: India, Modern Indian History, Independence, History, Economy, Politics, Books.


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