India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond

India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond✅ India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond pdf ✈ Author Shashi Tharoor – At the stroke of midnight on August 15 1947 a new nation was born It has 17 major languages and 22000 distinct dialects It has over a billion individuals of every ethnic extraction known to humanity I At the stroke of Midnight to Epub Ý midnight on August a new nation was born It has major languages and distinct dialects It has over a billion individuals of every ethnic extraction known to humanity It has a population that is percent illiterate but also one of the worlds largest pools of trained scientists and engineers Its ageless civilization is the birthplace of India: From PDF/EPUB ² four major religions a dozen different traditions of classical dance and ways of cooking a potato Shashi Tharoors INDIA is a fascinating portrait of one of the worlds most interesting countriesits politics its mentality and its cultural riches But it is also an elouent argument for the importance of India to the future of America and the industrialized world With the energy and erudition that From Midnight to PDF Ì distinguished his prize winning novels Tharoor points out that Indians account for a sixth of the worlds population and their choices will resonate throughout the globe He deals with this vast theme in From Midnight to the Millennium Epub / a work of remarkable depth and startling originality combining elements of political scholarship personal reflection memoir fiction and polemic all illuminated in vivid and compelling prose. If you like non fiction and can read about India and its political history from a 400 pages book then this book is for you Its largely written from the view point of an expatriate Indian a Keralite and that of a Hindu It was uite surprising for me as I never thought of Shashi Tharoor having such a patriotic inside view of India as he had spent most of the time outside it Even when he speaks about Kerala its as if he has first hand experience of it But the truth is that he was an expatriate Indian for a long timeHis writing is very convincing Each issue is talked about with accuracy and certain places he takes sides too He always has proper explanation for his stance and expresses it openlyWhat was surprising about this book is that there is a lot of Indira Gandhi bashing and in some places Congress bashing also in it Now this was some thing that I never expected from someone who belonged to the same party And this is what has elevated Shashi Tharoor's place in my mind He is not criticizing anybody without a reasonI really did like this book but reading non fiction that too history is not that easy I had gotten bored in between because of the genre this book belonged to and not because of the book in itself The book is very well written If India would've been a living lady this book would've been her personal diary I gave 5 stars to this book I only do this with those books which change my life Forget about all the information and knowledge that you would derive out of this masterpiece the real gist of it lies in the astute observational inferences which goes a mile further by not only giving a realistic picture of India and its evolution but also by explaining the reason behind it Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny and now that time comes when we shall redeem our pledge not wholly or in full measure but very substantially At the stroke of the midnight hour when the world sleeps India will awake to life and freedom With these words our country woke up to freedom and with freedom a whole new direction and dreams with a diefied guide none other than Mr Nehru But the principle error in diefying a human being or an organisationINC for that matter is that the very act of dissent becomes sacrilegious It has often been observed that bad experiences teach wrong lessons and in this case it was India's perception of capitalistic traders turning into rulerscolonialism which pushed it towards the embrace of soviet model of socialism Our leaders could only see the euitable distribution of jobs food and prosperity but they turned a blind eye towards excessive controls overegualtion and parochialism of the ideology 40 years of continued socialistic practises created an India which was unheard of in the ancient historical and mythological books a corrupt immoral society which only desired to have power and pelf Let's see how did this happenThe basic assumption of socialism is that government holds the interest of its people above everything and based on that logic it should've control over all the major components of an economy which includes sectors like mining petroleum etc Now whatsoever minuscule amount of private entrepreneurship which was mushrooming was nipped in the bud under stupid regulatory rules like to produce and reinvest their profits they had to seek permission of the government Rather than focusing on self improvement and innovation government offices became new temples for the entrepreneurs officials became the gods and wishes were of licenses and uotas In time as Indian culture has always been an epitome of we endured We realised that rather spending energy on creative endeavours it's easier to gratify the needs of government officials as well as democrats Unfortunately decades of practise in managing government has led to a severe decline in creative energies of Indian population as it lost the very importance utility and relevanceIt may seem to one that our country is doomed now and there's no hope and some would even say that's the popular opinion even among the natives Is it so? Plenty of tomes can be found on how congress should've proceeded but that is something we came upon after the post mortem didn't we? If only there was a pre mortem maybe the course of the history of our country would've had spanned out differently But there is one thing that congress did which it hardly gets credit for It represented a multi cultural India united and even proud of the diversity but as we know that it is an unfortunate weakness of a democracy that it cannot specify the time period in which it can deliver on to the promises to every community which eventually leads to the disenchantment of democracy and engenders sectarianism Since then or less it has always been about which community is moving forward and at which community's expense Religious fundamentalism has taken its roots and is fostering at an alarming rate An interesting interpretation of Hinduism is enunciated by Mr Tharoor in this book which says that Hinduism is the only religion in the world which has not claimed to be the only path to attain salvation doesn't consider itself to be infallible and establishes the concept of dualism that encapsulates life in a circle Now to uote the rainbow parts since all the dirt has already been amply described of the India since independence What we really miss out on as we are really not looking for it is that while we continuously focus on what could or should've been done when there was time or opportunity but we really did endure that Despite of all the negativities that impeded our growth; emergency corruption politicisation etc; we have still remained a shining star in the subcontinent even though our shine kept flickering now and then but it remained there Literacy self sufficiency in case of food private entrepreneurship are some of the major highlights post liberalisation which has brought India onto the global map and there are various ways in which we can continue these series of miracles But in my personal opinion the best method is through education be it social awareness giving a fillip to creative forces of the natives sex education and what not Nothing works better than education What we can really do is that work on the nuances of education by edifying people as to what consists of education and how really can it help and this includes examples like spreading awareness regarding certain laws like women cannot be kept in jails after sunset and can only be arrested by a woman officer financial literacy like helping people to open up Demat accounts and start through safe trading in government bonds then stock markets educating people in tax laws like capital bonds which can save capital gain tax upto 50 lac Hope is a toxic intoxication they say but I relate it to an elixir named felix felesis mentioned in Harry Potter which means liuid luck Our country is rapidly changing from a place where Anything is possible to be imbibed by peopleunfortunately even the bad habits of intoxication to a place where People cannot be trusted with their own freedom I cannot provide you with any statistical data but just a humble apprehension that if we fail to take action now our posterity won't be kind towards us Especially with the current pace of intolerance that is growing Someone has rightfully saidMr Tharoor History is its own revenge How? Don't worry our posterity will let us know; India from Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond by Shashi Tharoor was in many ways disappointing It is not the overall readability of the book or of the topics covered or of the beauty of the language used ; but it is the lack of expected depth of the book which gives that impression And especially when its title makes one assume that it must cover the whole of Independent India’s historyNo one can deny that Mr Tharoor remains a narrator without much parallel among the modern political observers of India However one could see only a few instances elaborated as the only ones which defined the period under consideration Plainly speaking too much of information and anecdotes have been provided on a handful of topics This gives the book a handsome superficial width but a depth as thin as a sheet although not uite the alternate pronunciationAt one instance he narrates an anecdote to hint at the success of affirmative action for removal of caste disparities in Kerala The narrative gets almost an entire chapter on caste Apparently it happened to be one of national prominence as the all important author was personally involved A lot of similar issues abound the bookA good book if you are fond of one liners But for them I would rather read The Great Indian Novel by the same authorRecommended for people with less interest in the depth of political affairs as they will at least find something in the political discourse which is interesting It still remains a book which might invoke some interest in the disinterestedNot Recommended There is hardly anything new for people who have been reading books of this genre for a long time Not an advisable read for those in search of informationGood one liners and remarks make the book light and enjoyable That provides the extra 05 in my ratings It has been over a decade since Shashi Tharoor had written this book the book seems to work in bits and pieces Hard hitting in places but does not sustain the flowDivided Pluralism is the backbone of the novel rather than pluralism a degree of modern day cynicism is also added he makes a vivid account of some of the problems concerning the country and is very apprehensive about the Indian Parliamentry structureof which he is a part More has been stressed on the Emergency era than any other periodthroughout the book the cons dominate over the pro'sThe book can be read for those who want to acuaint themselves about the author and read a diplomatic view on the subject Pongalswamy said When I was a kid I used to hear my father and his friends discussing two topics cricket and politics I liked cricket But I could never make head or tail of politics Now that I have attained my father's then age I find myself talking with my friends two topics cricket and politicsAh Politics India's biggest timepass Switch to any news channel It will be the politicians and their archaic views will be the talking points In order to have a wholesome understanding of what is happening in the present we need to understand the past And that's why I have developed a keen interest in the political history of post independent India Tharoor's India From Midnight to Millennium is an effort in that lineBut a bit disappointing I would say What this book lacks is a 'structure' a 'theme' It reads like a mess resulting from information diarrhea Tharoor's well read well travelled cultured intellect is evident in each page but also it presents his confused opinions vacillating between nationalistic optimism and west bound cynicism The non linear depiction of political history also demands a good deal of prior knowledge that might induce yawn in a novice reader No No I am not suggesting the book is avoidable Some of Tharoor's hard hitting criticisms as well as constructive optimism are really impressive But I would strongly suggest to read Guha's India after Gandhi before you attempt this one Here is what I will take away from this book 1 Tharoor's understanding of Hinduism and his well reasoned arguments that justify why Hindu nationalists are actually disloyal to the very religion they claim to uphold 2 His view of India as an expatriate and observations about the nation that only an expatriate can make 3 His theory about the decline of the Indian intellectual His belief that with time we think less and less about the intellectual laughing at their dissent and shunning them as reclusive madcaps As an educated Indian I see this happening all around us with the party at the centre ridiculing anyone that uestions their actions 4 Finally his book filled up the little nuggets of modern Indian history that Mr Guha may have overlooked in his magnum opus India After Gandhi The History of the World's Largest Democracy Apart from this there is no comparison between the two books Because this book veers towards opinion while Guha's is a retelling of history as it happened Tharoor a gifted writer takes us on tour of India's economy politics caste system and religious beliefs in the post Gandhi periodHe conveys the message of India's harmonious pluralism while simultaneously expressing his understandable cynicism towards Hinduism and Indira Gandhi Most of his insights are very accurate for this vibrant country with multiple dichotomies However certain chapters are presented as an auto biography personal beliefs versus an objective analysis of India's future prospectsHe fails to fully describe solutions to India's political and economic issues Most NRIs can relate very well to this book myself included but preaching about India's shortcomings without providing possible resolutions render it a weak summary Nevertheless Tharoor's literary style is uniue and well constructed use of words make it a worthwhile read I've mixed feelings about this book Shashi Tharoor definitely has a great flair for the English language But his wordinessverbosity in this book can sometimes be just annoying While I did note down some of the anecdotes or authors that Shashi Tharoor pointed out I didn't really find any original ideas It felt like a hodgepodge of liberal and patriotic ideas written in a sophisticated manner Don't get me wrong I do agree with his sentiments But I just feel a little let down since the book didn't really challenge any of my preconceived notions or perspectives The book serves as a nice summary of Indian politics over the last few decades He does cite several authors and analysts whose work might be interesting I intend to check that out The chapter with Charlis was heart warming Overall a decent read This is one of the best books I've read about India I had been meaning to read something on post independence India for a long time and this book did not disappoint The author makes a great case for democracy pluralism and unity in diversity while at the same time explaining how India has evolved to its current state since independence Roots of many things in Indian politics society economy etc which my generation takes for granted are elucidated in a way that even an outsider can understand His objective and balanced analysis of democracy especially the democracy in India of Nehru Gandhi dynasty and their impact Emergency liberalisation of economy etc makes the book a delight to read Shashi Tharoor the man with the foreign accent the snob who called us economy class travellers cattle class a pseudo secular who seemed totally out of touch with India and Indians Maybe he could write a biting irreverent satire like The Great Indian Novel but did he really know India's history society and politics ? I thought he was a one book wonder tooThen in the past couple of years due to friends and critics' recommendations I read Riot which was on the communal tensions in the early 1990s and An Era of Darkness on the British Raj and finally India From Midnight to the Millenium This irreverent man revers truth and can write with empathy And he knows far than he lets on This book is part memoir part commentary on India 50 Some parts were absolutely beautiful and the chapter on his memories of Untouchability as a child is one of the best short stories that I have ever read In characteristic style Tharoor spares neither the socialists nor the communal forces And what makes this book such a delight was that Tharoor digs deep and tries to understand the reasons behind each of our failings This is not a uick fix superficial work and I would place it at par with the popular India Unbound The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information AgeHis recent books have not been up to the mark and unfortunately we have lost a superb author because of his joining politics

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  • Paperback
  • 389 pages
  • India: From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond
  • Shashi Tharoor
  • English
  • 07 March 2016
  • 9780143103240