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Had it not been for a Bri­tish pub­lisher, his­to­rian and au­thor Ra­machan­dra Guha’s schol­arly jour­nals would have never found a place be­tween the two cov­ers of a book. On the launch of the 10th an­niver­sary edi­tion of his book, In­dia Af­ter Gandhi, in the Cap­i­tal, Guha said, “This book was not my idea.”

Guha also re­called how pub­lisher Peter Straus af­ter read­ing his es­say in the Ox­ford his­tor­i­cal jour­nal called Past and Present, en­cour­aged him to chron­i­cle the his­tory of in­de­pen­dent In­dia. “For the long­est time, the notes I made re­mained saved in a folder on my com­puter, for I had no idea if, or ever, I would com­plete it,” he said. First pub­lished in 2007, the re­vised edi­tion has also taken into ac­count, events that have un­folded in the sub­se­quent years.

The book was un­veiled by Guha and jour­nal­ist Barkha Dutt. Those present at the event in­cluded chief eco­nomic ad­viser to the gov­ern­ment of In­dia Arvind Subra­ma­nian and MP Jairam Ramesh.

Ra­machan­dra Guha (Left) Su­jata Ke­sha­van and Ira­vati Guha

PHO­TOS: PRABHAS ROY/HT

Geeta Gouri and Jairam Ramesh

Parul and Arvind Subra­ma­nian

Devesh Ka­pur and Apoorva Anand

Barkha Dutt

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