By Ramachandra Guha
'Inside each pondering there's a Gandhian and a Marxist suffering for supremacy', says Ramachandra Guha within the commencing sentence of this splendidly readable ebook of principles, critiques and reflections. a considerable part of the e-book expands in this salvo: it analyses Gandhians and psuedo-Gandhians, Marxists and anti-Marxists, Nehruvians and anti-secularists, democrats and Stalinists, scientists and historians, environmentalists and cricketers - in brief all those that include the highbrow lifetime of considering Indians at the present time.
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Anthropologist Among the Marxists: And Other Essays by Ramachandra Guha