The book is well organised in terms of content and context. It is an important milestone in accessing the contemporary politics of north-India…it consists of interesting appendices…. The immense research and time invested in detailing of each and every argument makes the book an important work for understanding the nuances of north-Indian politics. The sources used make the work unbiased and authentic to a large extent…due to the documentation of facts the book becomes close to the bone. It is a must read for those whose to understand the various layers of politics, how politicians work, corruption, nepotism, and the grip of sycophancy.
(Economic & Political Weekly)
His style is unique, focusing on the second rung of leaders who played a vital role in the pre-independence period and immediately thereafter. [At a time when] state politics [is] becoming an important sub-set of national politics, such leaders at the second tier of our polity need to be given more attention lest posterity might forget them and their contributions to nation-building.
(Professor A.K. Verma, in The Book Review)
This study is decidedly sympathetic to Charan Singh but Brass also provides plenty of criticisms which lend credibility to the analysis…Brass offers us a bleak view of UP Politics—and abundant evidence to justify it…it is hard to imagine anyone ever matching the exhausting account that Brass provides.
About the Author
Paul R Brass is Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has published numerous books and articles on comparative and South Asian politics, ethnic politics, and collective violence. His work has been based on extensive field research in India during numerous visits since 1961.
He has been a University of Washington faculty member and Professor, Department of Political Science, and The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies since 1965. He received his BA in 1958, Government, Harvard College; his MA in 1959, Political Science, University of Chicago; and his PhD in 1964, Political Science, University of Chicago.
His teaching specializations include: comparative politics (South Asia), ethnicity and nationalism, as well as collective violence.
Prof. Brass has received Fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, 1994–95; Faculty Research Fellowships, American Institute of Indian Studies: 1993, 1982– 83, 1973, 1966–76; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1972–73; Grants for Research on South Asia, American Council of Learned Societies and Social Science Research Council, 1966–67, 1973–74, 1977–78, 1982–83, amongst others.
In 2008, Brass received the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Emeritus Fellowship.
In 2012, Professor Brass was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship grant for the academic year 2012–13, which allowed him to carry out further research in India during his stay of nine months. During that period he was affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Developing societies, Delhi.