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India: An Introduction
by Khushwant Singh      (Author ALERT)



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ProductID: 12124 - Hardcover - 318 Pages (Year: 2003)
HarperCollins ~ ISBN: 8172235481


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The celebrated author offers a highly readable and rewarding initiation into a complex ancient civilization. In broad, vivid sweeps he encapsulates the saga of the upheavals of a sub-continent over five millennia, and how their interplay over the centuries has molded the India we know today. The book also provides insights into India's ethnic diversity, religions, philosophy, art and culture, political currents, architectural splendors and the galaxy of men and women who have helped shape its intricately inlaid mosaic.

Khushwant Singh tells the story of the land and its people from the earliest time to the present day. Through broad, vivid strokes he recounts the saga of the upheavals of a subcontinent over five millennia, and how their interplay over the centuries has moulded the India of today. Moreover, Khushwant Singh offers perceptive insights into everything Indian that may catch one's eye or arouse one's curiosity: its ethnic diversity, religions, customs, philosophy, art and culture, political currents and the galaxy of men and women who have helped shape its intricately inlaid mosaic. He is also an enlightening guide to much else: India's extensive and varied architectural splendors, its art and classical literature.

Khushwant Singh's own fascination with the subject is contagious, showing through on every page and in every sidelight that he presents. India: An Introduction holds strong appeal for just about everyone who has more than a passing interest in the country: Indians as well as those who drawn to it from farther afield. And for a traveler, this work is that are companion: erudite, intelligent and lively.



 Table of Contents

Introduction

The Land and the People
Hinduism - 1
Hinduism - 2
Hinduism - 3
Jainism and Buddhism
Islam and Indian Muslims
Indian Christians
The Sikhs
The Parsis
The Hindu Period
Advent of Islam
The Mughals
British India
Freedom Movement - 1
Freedom Movement - 2
Nehru
Nehru as prime Minister
Indira Gandhi

 


 About the Author

Khushwant Singh was born in 1915 in Hadali, Punjab. He was educated at Government College, Lahore, and at King's College and the Inner Temple in London. He practiced at the Lahore High Court for several years before joining the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in 19477. He was sent on diplomatic postings to Canada and London and later went to Paris with UNESCO>

He began a distinguished career as a journalist with All India Radio in 1951. Since then he has been founder-editor of Yojna, editor of the Illustrated Weekly of India, editor of the National Herald, and the editor of The Hindustan Times. Today he is India's best known columnist and journalist.

Khushwant Singh has also had an extremely successful career as a writer. Among the works published are classic two-volume history of the Sikhs, several novels - including Train to Pakistan, which won the Grove Press Award for the best work of fiction in 1954, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale and Delhi - and a number of translated works and non-fiction books on Delhi, nature, and current affairs. His latest novel, The Company of Women, has since been released.

Khushwant Singh was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. Among other honors he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974 by the President of India. He returned this decoration in 1984 in protest against the Union Government's siege of the Golden Temple, Amritsar.


 

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