Books for Post-Independence Consolidation
GS I Syllabus: Modern Indian History – Post-Independence Consolidation
- Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country (how India was shaped after the British left – various secessionist movements, formation and merging of new states until the formation of Telangana).
India Since Independence by Bipin Chandra or India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra GuhaIndia Since Independence Rs. 381
- Both the books are equally good and are written by the most eminent historians. But I personally prefer the book by Ramachandra Guha as he has written books on diverse topics related to Indian history and society.
- Notes that you don’t have to cover the entire book for ‘Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country’. There are only 6-7 chapters that need to be covered.
- But for Modern Indian History topics post-1947 like the emergency, Indo-Pak wars, etc. (Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues) you must skim through the remaining chapters.
- Note that these are quite lengthy books and you shouldn’t read from cover to cover. You must only focus on significant topics like the emergency, Indo-Pak wars, Jayaprakash Narayan, Periyar E. V. Ramasamy (Self-Respect Movement), etc.