India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond by Shashi Tharoor

Alright. For those who’re interested in this book, here is what I will take away from India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond by Shashi Tharoor. 

  1. Mr. Tharoor’s understanding of Hinduism, and his well-reasoned arguments that justify why Hindu nationalists are actually disloyal to the very religion they claim to uphold.
  2. His view of India as an expatriate – and observations about the nation that only an expatriate can make.
  3. His theory about the decline of the Indian intellectual. His belief that with time we think less and less of the intellectual, laughing at his dissent and shunning him as a reclusive madcap. As an educated Indian, I see this happening all around me, with the party at the centre ridiculing anyone that questions its actions.
  4. Finally, his book filled up the little nuggets of modern Indian history that Mr. Guha may have overlooked in his magnum opus – India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy. Apart from this, there is no comparison between the two books. Because this book veers more towards opinion while Guha’s is a retelling of history as it happened.

Useful links

1. India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond by Shashi Tharoor – Goodreads | Kindle | Paperback

2. India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha – Goodreads | Kindle | Paperback

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