India at 50 - Bliss of Hope and Burden of Reality

India at 50 - Bliss of Hope and Burden of Reality

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Author: Eminent Contributors
Editor: V N Narayanan / Jyoti Sabharwal
Publisher: Sterling
Year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 567
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120719751


This volume contains essays from eminent Indians who reflect on the dreams and aspirations of the pre-Independence era and realities of the post-Independence phase. Some foreigners who have lived in India for over 25-30 years recount their experiences and voice their opinion about this land of adoption.

A panoramic and dispassionate view of the history of Independent India, this book is a seminal volume taking stock of fifty years of India’s Independence. IT contains 26 papers from eminent professionals in diverse disciplines who assess and analyze the kind of strides the country has made and the areas which have caused dismay. Taking a critical overview of democracy, constitution, judiciary, civil services, education, defense, politics, federal polity, media, environment, separatist movements and delineating the spheres of art and culture, cinema, social change and urban chaos, this work also tries to reassess the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi and the position India has acquired for itself in the world today. The contributors comprise the country’s most renowned political thinkers, analysts, economists, social philosophers and experts in various fields.

The second section of the book focuses on nostalgic reminiscences of leading luminaries in varied fields, who were witness to India’s Tryst with Destiny in August 1947 and are alive to share their memories and assessments of the aftermath.

The third section of the book records impressions of some foreigners who have resided in India for the last 25-30 years and chosen to adopt the oriental environs. And some expatriate Indians who’ve opted to come back after spending a couple of decades in the Western climes.


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V.N. Narayanan & Jyoti Sabharwal