That is true. I enjoyed very much reading the 19 brilliant individuals. There is a great, yes a great interview by Mr.Ramachandra Guha with Flipkart on his latest book "Makers of Modern India". He reveals some of his unknown facts in his life and how it unfolded over the period. He talks about his battle with 19 men and women, why only these men and women made the modern India? his youth, writing fiction, etc.
Some excerpts (I highly recommend to read the full interview):
I’m not telling the reader what to make of its contents. I’m presenting this extraordinary richness and diversity of our political tradition through 19 representative figures. I’m telling the reader of today that if you’ll acquaint yourself with the history of India of the last 150 years through reading this book, you’ll get a sense of the sophistication of thought, of argument, of the real personality of these people. Now what is fresh about them, what is relevant about them, I’ll leave for each reader to decide.
I realized the writings themselves were so powerful, so vivid, so evocative, that they should be presented in their own words, with this kind of orchestration placing them in some sort of context for the reader. Especially younger readers, who might not know some of these individuals, so they get a sense of who they were, where they were coming from, what they were trying to say, what they were trying to do,
Nehru would not have so vigorously promoted Hindu-Muslim harmony had it not been for Jinnah.
The only thinking politician of today is probably Obama.
What we should be worried about is that politicians of today are so ignorant of the legacies they claim to represent.
I was in my early 20s and very attracted by Marxism. While reading this book, which is a wonderful and moving account of how the communist party destroyed the Spanish democratic movement in the 1930s, I realized how callous, instrumental and brutal the communist ideology would be in practice. In theory it was all about equality and liberty for all, but in reality it was totalitarian, anti-human and barbaric.