A History of India in 50 Lives


For all of India’s myths, stories and moral epics, Indian history remains a curiously unpeopled place. In Incarnations, Sunil Khilnani fills that space, recapturing the human dimension of how the world’s largest democracy came to be. His trenchant portraits of emperors, warriors, philosophers, film stars and corporate titans—some famous, some unjustly forgotten—bring feeling, wry humour and uncommon insight to dilemmas that extend from ancient times to our own.


544 Pages | ISBN13 9780143429333
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Sunil Khilnani
Sunil Khilnani
Sunil Khilnani is Avantha Professor and Director of the India Institute, King’s College London, and author of The Idea of India. Rajiv Kumar, an economist, is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. He was secretary general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and former director of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Pratap Bhanu Mehta is President of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and a leading columnist. Lt Gen. (Retd) Prakash Menon is Military Adviser in the National Security Council Secretariat, and was earlier commandant of the National Defence College, New Delhi. Nandan Nilekani was co-founder and former CEO of Infosys and was chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) till March 2014. Srinath Raghavan is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research and author of War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years, and most recently 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh. Shyam Saran was foreign secretary of India and has served as the prime minister’s special adviser and envoy on nuclear issues and climate change. Formerly ambassador to Nepal, Myanmar and Indonesia, he is currently Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board. Siddharth Varadarajan is former editor of The Hindu, a leading commentator on foreign policy and has edited Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy.
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