Ramachandra Guha

  • There can be only one Nehru - the second most important man after Mahatma Gandhi - for his generation May 27, 2014

    In an article eminent modern historian Ramachandra Guha rightly said that Pandit Nehru was a hero of his generation. I wholly agree with him. I was fortunate to grow up during Jawahar Lal Nehru's tenure of Prime Ministership. I had met him on several occasions over two decades. My father...
  • Ideas 2014: Is India facing a cultural emergency? February 18, 2014

    In a special series Ideas 2014, CNN-IBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose speaks to Historian Ramachandra Guha and biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Rajmohan Gandhi on withdrawal of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' by Penguin India sparked outrage. ...
  • Kolkata Literary Meet 2014: A resounding success February 21, 2014

    The first year of the Kolkata Literary Meet being held independently from the Book Fair was a resounding success. An initiative by Kalam, with Gameplan as the chief organizers, the meet was sponsored by reputed corporate names such as Tata Steel, Exide and Google Srei. The panel not only boasted...
  • Mumbai University students protest over professor's suspension January 8, 2014

    Students of Mumbai University protested on Wednesday in the wake of the suspension of professor Neeraj Hatekarwas. There have been reports that he faced the axe for speaking out against alleged irregularities by the management. Professor Neeraj Hatekar was suspended by Mumbai University's Vice Chancellor Rajan Welukar on Saturday after...
  • Gandhi Before India: Ramachandra Guha on his book on the 'Mahatma' October 2, 2013

    Eminent historian and author Ramchandra Guha explores lesser known facets of Mahatma Gandhi, especially his days in South Africa in his new book 'Gandhi before India'. As he says, he discovered many new things about Gandhi during his research in South Africa.'Gandhi before India', takes into account the life of...
  • Mahatma Gandhi was a mediocre student, says Ramachandra Guha October 2, 2013

    Modern historian and writer Ramachandra Guha's latest book 'Gandhi before India' explores Gandhi's life in the early years of his struggle against racism in South Africa, the experience which made him the Mahatma. While talking to IBN18 Network's Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Guha said, "His skills as a propagandist, an editor...
  • Second edition of Bangalore Literature Festival begins on Friday September 26, 2013

    "Looking forward to the Bangalore Lit Fest this weekend. What a super line-up! BLF off to a good start. This one is a Lit Fest. Not a Lit Circus" - it was this tweet from Shobhaa De kicked off the maiden edition of the Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF) in December...
  • Bangalore decks up for literary fest Friday September 26, 2013

    Bangalore: Celebrity authors, speakers, actors and theatre personalities have descended here for the three-day Bangalore Literature Festival beginning Friday. "The second edition of the city's flagship literary event will witness renowned authors engaging audiences with diverse themes, scores of interviews and literary sessions over the next three days," the event's founding...
  • There are better candidates for PM than Rahul, Modi: Guha April 7, 2013

    Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to Devil's Advocate. How impressive was Rahul Gandhi's speech to the Confederation of Indian Industry? That's the key question I should raise today with one of India's most highly regarded, modern historian Ramachandra Guha. Ramachandra Guha, in January you described Rahul Gandhi as a well...
  • Ramachandra Guha on his new book 'Patriots and Partisans' November 20, 2012

    Eminent historian Ramachandra Guha speaks about his new book 'Patriots and Partisans', which was launched on Tuesday. ...
  • Guha among 22 awarded Sahitya Akademi Awards February 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Historian Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi and novels and essays by Gopalakrishna Pai, Kashinath Singh and Manik Sitaram Godghate alias Grace are among 22 books which were awarded prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards for this year. Eight books of poetry, seven novels, three essays and one each short story,...
  • Ramachandra Guha's book rules the charts November 25, 2010

    New Delhi: Historian Ramachandra Guha's "Makers of Modern India" is No.1 for the fourth time on the non-fiction section of bestsellers while "Room" by Emma Donoghue has topped the fiction list this week. The top 10 in each category are: Non-Fiction 1. "Makers of Modern India" Author: Ramachandra Guha Publisher: Penguin/Viking Price: Rs.799.00 2. "Obama's Wars: The...
  • Ramachandra Guha unveils his new book October 26, 2010

    Historian Ramachandra Guha shares his thoughts about his book 'Makers of Modern India' with Rajdeep Sardesai. ...
  • Ram Katha: Vajpayee's three unique distinctions April 15, 2009

    New Delhi: The polls which are now just a few days away are the 15th General Elections India is holding since independence. The history of the past 14 elections is dotted with some truly remarkable moments. India's best known Modern Indian historian, Ramachandra Guha points out the three unique distinctions...
  • Ram Katha: The tale of two assassinations April 22, 2009

    New Delhi: It is said that history repeats itself - sometimes as tragedy, at other times as farce. What happened in the elections of 1991 was tragic indeed. Rajiv Gandhi, the young charismatic leader of the Congress Party was on the comeback trail - canvassing, meeting, mobilising his supporters. Tragically...
  • View chat with Ramachandra Guha on Indian elections April 9, 2009

    How has the poll process changed? The modern historian fields answers. ...
  • Ram Katha: Guha gives historic election facts April 2, 2009

    The polls that are now just a few days away are the 15th General Elections India is holding since independence. The History of the 14 past elections is dotted with some truly remarkable moments. Here are some little known facts about the first General Elections. ...
  • 1st General Election, a risk that paid off: Guha March 30, 2009

    In 1952, every Indian citizen above the age of 21 was granted the right to vote ...
  • Ramachandra Guha signs 7-book deal for Rs 97 lakh March 28, 2009

    New Delhi: Author Ramachandra Guha, who has clinched a Rs 97 lakh deal with Penguin India for seven books, feels it would encourage young authors to take to writing non-fiction. "It (the deal) is a welcome acknowledgment of the imbalance between fiction and non-fiction. Fictional genres like poetry, prose and novels...
  • Mangalore; from communal harmony to tension January 27, 2009

    Mangalore: The pictures that have been playing on almost every TV channel for the past two days are of women being roughed up at a pub in Mangalore by Sri Rama Sena workers. These are the very people who also attacked churches in Mangalore in September 2008. Mangalore, the city,...
  • March through history: 10 moments that defined India August 17, 2008

    Historian Ramachandra Guha selects 10 events that individually "radically" altered the history of the nation. From the accession of Kashmir to India, framing of the Constitution to economic liberalisation, Guha and CNN-IBN’s Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai go on a march through history. ...
  • Gujarati icon, but is Modi the face of new India? December 25, 2007

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has stunned political pundits, supporters and opponents by his landslide win in the Assembly elections. Modi’s BJP won 117 seats in the 182-seat Assembly: just 10 less than the party’s score in the 2002 elections. Has Modi’s victory washed away the tint his image got...
  • Ten moments in the making of modern India August 12, 2007

    Ten moments which define the making of modern India. CNN-IBN editor-in-chief Rajdeep Sardesai and historian Ramachandra Guha discuss the defining moments of India since 1947. ...
  • Freedom Chat: 'Hindu communalism is greater threat ' August 9, 2007

    Eminent historian, academician and columnist Ramachandra Guha was the guest on IBNLive chat room for our 'Freedom Chat' series on Thursday. He engaged IBNLive readers in a thought-provoking discussion on the topic 'India after Gandhi', which is interestingly his recent book title. Here we reproduce the full text of the...
  • Chat Now: With historian Ramachandra Guha August 9, 2007

    Eminent historian chats at 1200 hrs (IST) on India after Gandhi. ...
  • Ramachandra Guha launches new book June 20, 2007

    India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy is a 775-pages book, which was a daunting task for Guha, as it took him some eight years of thorough research. Says Guha, “We need a generation's distance as I argue in this book, to look back dispassionately etc. But this...