Patriots and Partisans is a collection of political essays penned down by eminent journalist Ramchandra Guha. The book talks about the various political parties and their religious and social beliefs. Not necessarily criticizing, Guha maintains a moderate approach in the essays.
The book deals with crucial topics that play a grave role in Indian politics. From Hindutva to the Communist Left to the Congress, almost all politically significant chapters are covered. Guha also narrates his own personal experiences in this book. Given his rich and vast tenure as a political journalist, these experiences are both funny and thought provoking, at the same time. Be it the brunt of the right wing fundamentalists branding him as an agent of China or the Left exercising their dictatorship, Guha brings out the biting reality of the various political parties, through his words. His tone, however, is never supportive of any party or ideology in particular. His criticism is biting and engrossing.
The book also talks about the Utopian idea of a secular India. One of the most interesting chapters, perhaps the most important as well, 'The Beauty of Compromise' talks about how being an Indian is all about living with multi-faced identities and opportunities. The Part II of the book shifts focus to writers and scholars. That Ramchandra Guha is a master historian is evident from this second part of the book. His profiling is class apart and brings out some striking profiles and their sparkling views.
Ramchandra Guha is a well known Indian journalist. His tenure as political journalist has enriched his knowledge about Indian history and politics. He has been a regular contributor for The Outlook and The Caravan. His other notable works include India After Gandhi. He has a Master's degree from the Delhi School of Economics. Apart from politics, Guha also takes interest in cricket and environment. This paperback book is listed on India with the ISBN 13 number of 9780143421146. You can order online for this book on the store today.