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The Peacemakers is the gripping story of India s quest for human rights in the years leading up to its independence from Great Britain, and more than a decade after. Gandhi, Nehru, his visionary sister Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit and Hansa Mehta all strove to bridge the ideological differences between the East and the West, between capitalist and communist, to forge a common destiny for mankind that would be free of empire, poverty, exploitation and war. They called their solution One World where state power would be checked and the freedom of individuals and groups expanded.

Based on seven years of research, this is the first truly international history of newly independent India. Iconic figures take on new shades of character as they race against time to stop destruction and war and challenge all of us to imagine a better future.

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"The book combines dramatic flair with rigorous and pathbreaking scholarship. It is a must read for anyone interested in India's role in global affairs"--Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

"In this vividly written page-turner, Manu Bhagavan recovers a moment of extraordinary possibilities ... [and] renews the study of how human rights norms were put on paper, with great consequences for their revival today"--Samuel Moyn, author of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History

"[A] book that should be required reading for all who care about the potential of India to advance human rights and international justice"--Jonathan Fanton, Emeritus Chair of the Board of Human Rights Watch and President Emeritus of the MacArthur Foundation

"Brilliantly researched and vividly written, Manu Bhagavan's study of India's role in the ongoing quest for human rights is a life-enhancing book urgently needed now ... As we contemplate this moment of violent insanity on every continent, alternative paths toward peace in a world united for justice are herein profoundly illuminated"--Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt, vols 1-3
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Manu Bhagavan is Professor of History at Hunter College and the Graduate Center at The City University of New York. He has co-edited, among others, the titles, Heterotopias: Nationalism and the Possibility of History in South Asia and Claiming Power from Below: Dalits and the Subaltern Question in India.

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  • PublisherHarperCollins India
  • Publication date2012
  • ISBN 10 9350291851
  • ISBN 13 9789350291856
  • BindingHardcover
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