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The Puffin History of India For Children - Volume - 2
The Puffin History of India For Children - Volume - 2

The Puffin History of India For Children - Volume - 2

by Roshen Dalal

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin/Puffin

ISBN

0143335464 - Year: 2003 - Pages: 427

Binding

Paperback

Roshen Dalal
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Author: Roshen Dalal
Arun Pottirayil/
Illustrator: Arun Pottirayil
Publisher: Penguin/Puffin
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 427
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143335464

Description

The companion volume to the best-selling Puffin History of India for Children: 3000
BC- AD 1947, Roshen Dalal’s new history of post-Independence India tells the story of the making of the nation that we live in, and the events and personalities that have shaped it in recent times.

The Puffin History of India for Children: 1947 to the Present begins at a turning point of Indian history, as India attains independence and the British withdraw from the subcontinent. Independent India’s first few years are eventful and epoch-making: before the traumas of Partition and of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi have fully subsided, the focus must shift to laying the blueprint of the new nation, with the making of the Constitution, the integration of the 565 princely states, the setting-up of the administrative, legislative and judiciary systems, and the establishment of an infrastructure for industry and agriculture. The author follows this key period in Indian history closely, from the first Republic Day celebrations in 1950 to the first general elections in 1952, and the implementation of the subsequent agendas for social and economic development envisaged by Jawaharlal Nehru.

In a lucid and informal style, the book then tells the fascinating story of India over the next fifty years, beginning with the premierships of Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi and proceeding to Jayaprakash Narayan and the Emergency, the ousting of the Congress party and the rule of the Janata government headed by Morarji Desai. The author describes the dramatic turnarounds of the 1980s and ’90s, from Indira Gandhi’s return to power to her subsequent assassination, Rajiv Gandhi’s prime ministership, the governments of V P Singh and P V Narasimha Rao, and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s rise to power, with Atal Bihari Vajpayee heading a National Democratic Alliance government.

Along with periods of growth, the book looks closely at times of turbulence: the Indo-China War of 1962, the war with Pakistan in 1965, the 1971 Bangladesh War, and the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992. It also analyses some issues that are key to the recent history of the nation: economic liberalization, the harmful effects of terrorism and sectarian movements on the national fabric, the Kargil conflict, India’s attainment of nuclear capability and its progress into the new millennium as the world’s largest democracy.

This is not merely a political history of India. It tells the story of India’s people-from an account of the social and economic changes that have taken place since Independence, to art and culture in independent India. Colourful descriptions, informative nuggets and lively analyses make the book immensely readable. An attractive layout, profuse illustrations, detailed maps and a thorough index add to its value. A long chapter outlines the history of each individual state and union territory, full of information that will be invaluable to the student as well as the casual browser.

Well-researched, concise, unbiased and engaging, this is a contemporary history of India that should be essential reading for children of all ages.

Contents

INTRODUCTION

A SYSTEM OF NUMBERS / PLACE NAMES

Republic Day
Freedom at Last
Political conditions: 1947
The Indian States
Integration
Partition-The Origins
Partition-The Reality
Administrative Division
Building a New Country
The First Eventful Year
The Spirit Will Survive
Towards a Republic: 1948-50
Integration-The Second Stage
A New Phase-The Constitution
The Government
The Parliament
The Union Executive
Government in the States
The Administrators
The Judiciary
The First Elections
The Main Events: 1950-57
The Main Events: 1957-62
Internal Development: 1947-64
Vinoba Bhave and Bhudan
Foreign Policy: 1947-64
Nehru’s Last Years
Lal Bahadur Shastri: 1964-66
Indira Gandhi: The Early Years
Indira Takes Control
Bangladesh
The Centre and the States: 1966-75
Jayaprakash Narayan
The Emergency
Janata Government: 1977-79
Indira Gandhi: 1980-84
Internal Development: 1966-84
Foreign Policy: 1966-84
Rajiv Gandhi
Internal Development under Rajiv
Rajiv Gandhi-Foreign Policy
Minority Governments: 1989-90
Narasimha Rao: 1991-96
Foreign Policy: 1991-96
A New Government: 1996-98
The Bharatiya Janata Party
The National Democratic Alliance
The National Democratic Alliance Again
Foreign Policy after 1998
The States
The People: 1947-2002
Economy and Development
Social Change
Art and Culture
The Future

Appendices

Index

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