A lot is being said these days about the concept of a nation that India is. With political parties accusing the centre of manipulating each and everything that has made India the country it is today since after its independence in 1947, people are now polarized to the point where they do not really know what to support anymore or who it is that can take this country forward. In such a time, this book provides a clear critique of the problems of India and why it was ravaged so many times before. It does so by providing a psycho-analysis of the attitude of people of India and the Indian way of living. The Nobel winning author was an Indian, born in England. And though he was raised in England according to the English way of life, he still felt his roots were in this country which he had never seen during his own childhood. In his lifetime he visited India only three times and went back each time to write a book about his findings during the visit. I think there’s no better person who could have done such an analysis in an unbiased and unprejudiced manner. This book was first published in 1977 but one can find the problems mentioned here still relevant to the present date in our country which is but a very grave concern if you think about it. This is his second book in the trilogy and details the intricacies of life of Indians during the emergency period sanctioned by PM Indira Gandhi. Though some might not like the critique, I feel this book should be read by every Indian who loves his country and wants a better future for it.
A point worth mentioning here is how a book written in 1970s lists one of the major problems of the commoners of India as that they always need a ‘godlike’ leader as an authority over them. It is the fantasy of Indian people to be subservient to someone with a godlike image. This is a food for your thought for the upcoming elections and to understand its political significance in the year 2019.