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
Geeta Gouri and Jairam Ramesh
Parul and Arvind Subramanian
Devesh Kapur and Apoorva Anand