Indian Democracy: Meanings and Practices
Rajendra Vora, Suhas Palshikar
SAGE, Jan 12, 2004 - Social Science - 447 pages
This volume examines how Indian democracy has survived the challenges posed by widespread illiteracy, poverty, secessionism and communalism—problems that have felled the fledgling democratic institutions of so many post-colonial societies. The contributors locate the reason for the resilience of Indian democracy in its history—that it was the product of a gradual evolution and not of a sudden imposition from above.
The essays in the volume, however, show that despite having stood the test of time, Indian democracy is not a democracy in any substantive sense. The economic policies of successive governments since 1985 have been basically anti-people; rampant casteism, communalism, and the use of money and muscle power have infiltrated the body politic. Mass mobilization has been powered by hate, making it a feature more typical of a nascent neo-fascist state than of a democracy. The `substantialization of democracy’—proper representation and people’s participation in decision making—still remains a distant ideal.
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List of Tables 79
The Crisis of Political Authority
What is Happening Inside Indian Democracy?
Theorizing Indian Democracy
Whose Democracy Are We Talking About? Hegemony
Are We Asking
List of Tables
Decline of Caste Majoritarianism in Indian Politics
Predicament of the Left
Social Movements in Crisis?
Struggle Against Dams or Struggle for Water?
About the Editors and Contributors
New Dalit Politics
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