An Anthropologist Among the Marxists

An Anthropologist Among the Marxists

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Author: Ramachandra Guha
Publisher: Permanent Black
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 267
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178240017


This classiest collection of essays have been revised, expanded and updated for this book. A good part of it is taken up with Gandhians and pseudo-Gandhians, Marxists and anti-Marxists, and of individuals the author has known or studied, admired or disliked.

‘Inside every thinking Indian there is a Gandhian and a Marxist struggling for supremacy’, says Ramachandra Guha in the opening sentence of this wonderfully readable book of ideas, opinions and reflections. A substantial portion of the book expands on this salvo: it analyses Gandhians and pseudo-Gandhians, Marxists and anti-Marxists, Nehruvians and anti-secularists, democrats and Stalinists, scientists and historians, environmentalists and cricketers — in short all those who comprise the intellectual life of thinking Indians today.

Reviews :
Reading Ram Guha is like listening to a thrilling broadcast by Alistair Cooke …No fiction by Amitav Ghosh or Amit Chaudhuri has evoked with such brevity and wit the soul of a real place, real people …these are pictures in the round, affectionate, malicious, but always thought about and felt … Guha’s faceted little gem shows that light is beginning to glint on Indian non-fiction.’

A book to read and savor. Elegant, passionate, compelling. What a refreshing style, what joie de vivre, what literary facility and what an iconoclastic (not destructive) mind…
—The Asian Age

The classiest collection of essays I have seen in a long time… underpinned with Guha’s meticulous research and garnished with his inimitable verve. This is the kind of collection that gives intellectuals a good name.
—Man’s World

Like a consummate magician, Guha pulls out many rabbits from his hat … Described variously as a sociologist, historian biographer, cricket writer, this book (by Guha) is wonderful showcase for his interests.
—The Indian Express



An Anthropologist Among the Marxists
Andhra Naxalite, Indian Democrat: C.V. Subbarao
Rooted Cosmopolitan: D. R. Nagaraj
The Last Civilian: C.S. Venkatachar
The Buddha of Parade’s: P.K. Srinivasan

Gandhi’s Editor: K. Swaminathan
Gandhi’s German: Herbert Fischer
The Green Gandhian: J.D. Kumarappa
The ‘Bhadralok’s’ Gandhi
Gandhi’s Ambedkar
What Gandhi Was Not: Vinoba Bhave
The Gandhi Who Loved the West

Memories of D.P. Thompson
The Other Side of the Raj: Mira, Spratt, Elwin and Haldane
Exiles in Their English Peace: Karl Marx and Nirad Chaudhuri

Ecological Patriot: M.Krishnan
Redeeming the Bharat Ratna: M.S. Subbulakshmi and Others
Our Once But Note Future King: Jawaharlal Nehru
The Dictator’s Defence: Indira Gandhi and the Indian ‘Emergency’
The Editor and the Son: Khushwant Singh and Sanjay Gandhi
Stalinist and Indian: E.M.S. Namboodiripad
Jai Vigyan, Jai Vinash: Bombast, Bomb-blasts, and Certain Indian Scientists

The First Great Indian Cricketer: C.K. Nayudu
India’s All-Star Cricket Eleven
Raj Karega Khalsa: Bishan Bedi and Company
The Road to Vijay Hazare
Sunil Gavaskar: India’s Cricketer of the Twentieth Century
The Socialism of Soccer