5 books suggestions to know Indian history

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The list includes books of some great politicians and historians


If you are one of those who loves history or learning history is a professional hazard to you, this article is for you. During school days, most of us hated history because it was ‘boring’ for us at that time. Now, a lot of us have generated a special liking to history because they don’t just inform us but also fascinate us. Also, when you know things, it stands you out in the crowd and people applaud you for your knowledge.  Here are 5 books suggestions to know Indian history.

1. The Discovery of India

The Discovery of India is written by India’s first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru. He wrote the book while he was in prison (142-1946). It traces India’s history starting from the Indus Valley Civilization and gives a detailed account of the period between the Aryans till the colonial power came into India.

2. India after Gandhi

Written by Ramchandra Guha ‘India After Gandhi’ was published in 2007. The book covers the phase of India after we gained independence from the British. It is a perfect choice if you want to understand the evolution of modern India.  The book tells you the story of India’s chaotic and eventful history after independence including the rise of religion and cast-based politics, the partition, Rajiv Gandhi’s brief but impactful career, Nehru’s socialistic policies and many more in a 900-page book.

3. Freedom at Midnight

Freedom of midnight is written by the duo of Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. It focuses on the India’s independence movement during 1946 and 1948. Series of events that took place in that period is beautifully represented. The book is extensively researched and gives valuable details that you never heard of. It is a must-read if you are looking to read about India’s independence and partition.

4. The Great Indian Novel

You might need a dictionary on every page to understand the book fully. Now, you know the writer! Don’t you! Yes, you are right, it is written by Indian politician and modern-day face of English in India, Shashi Tharoor. It is a satirical novel that (fictional work) that takes the story of Mahabharta and recasts and resets it in the Indian independence movement.

5. The Argumentative Indian

The Argumentative Indian is written by Noble Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen. The book is a type of series of heart-rending essays narrating India’s history and how history has influenced and shaped its cultural identity. The book tells you the long history of public debate and how India heterodoxy was prevalent in Indian society centuries ago.

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