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Recommended Reading

The Sikh Times Top Ten - India
  1. CROSSETTE, Barbara, India: Facing the Twenty-First Century (Indiana University Press); 1993; 154 pages
    For those with the very neccessary appetite for taking a critical look at India.

  2. MEHTA, Ved, Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostles, (Yale University Press); July 1, 1993; 260 pages
    A more balanced biography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi than you are likely to find elsewhere, written in Mehta's precise and elegant prose.

  3. GUHA, Ramachandra, Savaging the Civilized: Verrier Elwin, His Tribals, and India, (University of Chicago Press); May 1999; 336 pages
    Verrier Elwin was just as eccentric as Annie Besant and, like her, exemplified what sociologist Shiv Vishvanathan has called 'the other side of the Raj'. A rare glimpse at India's tribal reality through the eyes of the complex and fascinating Verrier Elwin, as biographed very capably by Guha.

  4. TULLY, Mark, India in Slow Motion, (Penguin); November 7, 2002; 302 pages
    Tully has published several collections of essays, including 'The Heart of India' and 'No Full Stops in India' and they are all worth reading for an outsider's point of view.

  5. KHILNANI, Sunil, The Idea of India, (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux); 1998; 263 pages
    An extremely well articulated summary of India's political history since independence. Well worth the price, if only for the 25-page bibliographical essay and the 20-page index.