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History of Modern India, by Bipin Chandra, one of the most popular and renowned author, focuses more on the economic, religious, and social history of India than the political factors.
The chapters in this book are arranged in chronological order, from decline of the era of Mughals that means basically from the era of Aurangzeb and has concluded on 15th August 1947, the day we got our independence.
It provides insight on several events in modern Indianhistory such as the establishment of the British East India Company, which led to a tightened grip of the British over India. This book gives a brief account of events that led to the formation of India as we know today.
This book provides readers with loads of information on the nationalist movement, throwing light on the contributions made by several different individuals. This book is a must-have for history students as well as for those who want to gain insight into the history of modern India. And also for individuals preparing for civil services.
However, this book is very old and it needs to be updated.
The quality of the pages and print quality is very good.
I am not a student of history. I have listened that this book is widely read by students for a study in the history of modern India. So, out of general interest, I purchased a copy of the book through Amazon. DELIVERY TIME, BEHAVIOUR OF THE DELIVERYMAN, PACKAGING and CONDITION OF THE BOOK DELIVERED were OUTSTANDING. But, after reading it, I felt that contents of the book served a very biased approach with shameless leaning towards Congress and Nehru for the cause of India's struggle for political freedom from British rule. Earlier, I had read a book on INA/Azad Hind Fauz by Hugh Toye --its name was War of The Springing Tiger or something like that, and, thereafter, Leonard Gordon's 'Brothers Against the Raj'. I, then, searched for books on Indian Freedom Movement which detailed about the role of non-Congress leaders and organisations in India's freedom struggle and, suddenly came across with a book named 'History of the Freedom Movement in India' (publisher: Firma KLM) by R.C. Majumdar, who was Ex-HOD, Indology at BHU and also Vice President of 'International Commission for a History of the Scientific and Cultural Development of Mankind' of UNESCO and Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. The book, in three volumes, described the role and effect of non-Congress factors also, in India's struggle for independence. What shocked me was the statements of the author, in the blurb and Preface and Appendix portions of the book, with detailed accounts of obstructions he faced from top level Congress leaders, except Dr. Rajendra Prasad, in writing an authentic and non-biased history solely based upon documents and evidences. Now, I realised the truth. And, how Nehru and his political companions tried to smudge events from our history books with the help of a section of 'historians'.
A fast paced book on how and what's of India that took place for over a couple of centuries. This book is a compact overview, highlighting all the important events that took place in this period and how it shaped the Indian Subcontinent.
If you are a history buff and want a quick read, this is the book.
The book is very good. I think the rating in respect of a book should be on it's content/the knowledge it provides rather than the physical shape and quality. I can't say whether it is a pirated copy or not but the quality looks good and the book is very much needed for civil service examination and other competitive examination where questions are asked on Indianhistory.
Haven't read the full book but the start is really interesting. If you're preparing for UPSC exams then go for this book. This book also covers some facts regarding the role of Congress in the Indian Independence movement. Overall, A must read for history students.