The Writings of Bipan Chandra: The Making of Modern India: From Marx to Gandhi
Bipan Chandra
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For more than half a century, Bipan Chandra has made unparalleled contribution to the study of modern Indian history. He is renowned worldwide as an authority on the subject, with a lucid and accessible style that has made him one of the most widely read and influential historians of our times. Bipan Chandra’s writings have profoundly influenced our understanding of the emergence of modern India, as well as of contemporary concerns that have their roots in the colonial past.

The Writings of Bipan Chandra: The Making of Modern India is a definitive collection of essays which depicts Bipan Chandra’s range of interests. It presents his views and positions qualified after an engagement of over fifty years with Independent India. The essays present a long-term perspective of the emergence of nationalism and the Indian national movement, with special emphasis on its Gandhian phase, and the nature of Indian capitalism and its relationship with imperialism and the national movement. They identify specificities of the colonial structure, and trace the possible paths of economic transformation until independence. The volume includes a critical appraisal of the Indian Left, and a nuanced understanding of the idea of secularism and emergence of communalism in India.

The introduction by Aditya Mukherjee is a fitting tribute from a former student and colleague. This volume is a celebration of the singular scholarship of perhaps the greatest living chronicler of the Indian national movement and after. It will be invaluable for students, teachers and everyone interested in the history and idea of India.

Bipan Chandra is currently Chairman, National Book Trust, and Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been the President of the Indian History Congress, which endowed him with the life-time achievement award in 2008. He was appointed National Research Professor in 2006. Bipan Chandra was born in 1928 in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.
List of Tables
Publishers’ Acknowledgements
Introduction by Aditya Mukherjee

    part  1

  1. The Long-term dynamics: gandhiji and the Indian National Movement
  2. Jawaharlal Nehru in Historical Perspective
  3. Gandhiji, Secularism and Communalism
  4. Pre-Gandhian Roots of Gandhian-era Politics 
  5. The Making of the Indian Nation
  6. part  2

  7. Colonialism and Modernisation
  8. Karl Marx, His Theories of Asian Societies and Colonial Rule
  9. Transformation from a Colonial to an Independent Economy: A Case Study of India
  10. Economic Nationalism
  11. part  3

  12. Introduction to Bhagat Singh: Why I Am an Atheist
  13. Fundamentalism and Communalism
  14. Enlightened History
  15. ‘The End of History?’: A Review
  16. ‘The Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy’: A Review
‘... students of modern Indian economic history will find the essence of Professor Bipan Chandra’s evolving approach through certain perspective shifts.’

- Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Former Chairman,

Indian Council of Historical Research, Delhi‘This is a fine collection of essays, some of which are vintage Bipan Chandra and rooted in his extensive understanding of the Indian national movement....’

- Romila Thapar, Emeritus Professor of History Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

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