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.
- 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.
- His view of India as an expatriate – and observations about the nation that only an expatriate can make.
- 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.
- 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.