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A History of India: Volume 1 (Penguin History) Paperback – September 1, 1990
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However, as some others have pointed out, the author does come off as having a distaste for anything that is associated with the religion of Hinduism. How palatable this is for the reader will depend on the reader's own perception. For me, there were definitely places where I accepted the acid tone and stern language of the author - especially when she talks about the caste system, and how it prevented the democratization of education, arts and literature (the latter also a product of the treatment given to the Sanskrit language). There were also places in the book where the text appeared needlessly harsh and biased. In the latter parts of the book, the author, while praising Islamic architecture, draws a comparison with the pillars in Hindu temples and comments that the latter were unnecessarily ornate! For every piece of warranted criticism, there appeared to be an unwarranted one.
In summary, if your goal is to get a reasonable and comprehensive view of Indian history, you can't go too wrong with this book. At the same time, if you have strong ideas about India already, it would be difficult to get through it.
Don't waste your time with this. I'd recommend to read the works of better historians, like R.C.Majumdar, Jadunath Sarkar, Sita Ram Goel, B.B. Lal, S.P. Gupta, K.S. Lal , S.R. Rao and Harsh Narain.
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Prof. Romila Thapar is a well known marxist and communist sympathizer from India. Her works have been biased by her marxist ideology and her communist background. Read morePublished on January 5, 2008 by Amazon Customer
THIS BOOK IS EXCEPTIONAL AND I RECEIVED THIS BOOK ARRIVED MORE THAN ON TIME. THE BOOKSELLER IS A CREDIT TO THE AMAZON COMPANY.Published on March 25, 2006 by F. I. Lowe Perry
Avoid it; anyone who buys this book is financing a anti-India, socialist looby.
Author is well-known for her twisted take on anything Indian.
I expected a more out or a historian like Romila Thapar. The whole book looks like biased Indian culture bashing boring read. Read morePublished on March 3, 2005 by Shankar Ratneshwaran
After advent of "Orientalism" by Edward Said, the playing field is even. This Book by Romila Thapar is an Outdated Marxist Rhetoric/Published on June 12, 2004 by A reader from PA
Romila Thapar is one of the leading Indian historians. Her earliest book, which was very well received academically, was on the emperor Asoka. Read morePublished on January 20, 2003
Romila Thapar is infamous for her ideological view of Indian History. This book is an interesting study of that ideology and how it affects the reading (and writing) of history,... Read morePublished on December 16, 2002
This book is based on assumptions that are simply not true. It sees Indian history in terms of caste conflict which is a gross over-simplification. Read morePublished on October 9, 2002