Looking Back : India in the Twentieth Century

Looking Back : India in the Twentieth Century

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Author: N N Vohra
Sabyasachi Bhattacharya/
Editor: N N Vohra, Sabyasachi Bhattacharya
Publisher: National Book Trust
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 368
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8123737505


This collection of essays crosses many boundaries, the boundary between the historical and contemporary. This collection also arranges an encounter between authors who belong to two sets. Another major feature is the interplay between memory and history.

From the vantage point of the cusp of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the authors invited to contribute to this volume look back upon India in the last century and provide a basis for the evaluation of that historical experience. The trajectory we have traversed in the last hundred years or so also reflects on the future towards which we are heading.

The authors include many who had, in the last few decades, an important role, either in shaping as active participants the course of developments they write about, or in analyzing those development from an academic perspective. If this volume generates questions not only about the past but also about the contemporary and the future, then it will have served its purpose.

Contributors include:

B K Nehru
L M Singhvi
Pran Chopra
Rajni Kothari
Kapila Vatsyayan
N N Vohra
A K Damodaran
Partha Sarathi Gupta
Arjun Sengupta
T K Oommen
Sabyasachi Bhattacharya
Anil Aggarwal
Hirnanmay Karlekar
Gurcharan Das
Uma Chakravarti
Rudrangshu Mukherjee



1. The March of Nationalism
2. The Making of the Constitution
3. Fifty Years of the Constitution
4. The Nehruvian Political System and its Aftermath
5. The Civil Service in Transition
6. India and the Twentieth Century World
7. The Birth of Bangladesh: The Historical Roots
8. The Planning Regime Since 1951
9. A New Emerging Business World after Liberalization
10. Twentieth Century Indian Society in Retrospect
11. The Women’s Movement in South Asia: Everyday Challenges
12. The Media: Evolution, Role and Responsibilities
13. Sports and Nationalism
14. India’s Environmental Present and Future
15. The Spirit of Freedom and Science
16. Our Cultural Heritage and Identity

Notes on Contributors