The success of India's democracy / edited by Atul Kohli. - New Delhi : Cambridge University Press, 2001. - xiii, 298 p. ; 22 cm. - Contemporary South Asia ; 6 . - Contemporary South Asia (Cambridge, England) ; 6. .

Includes bibliographical references (p. 270-286) and index.

1. Introduction /​ Atul Kohli
I. Historical origins
2. Indian democracy: the historical inheritance /​ Sumit Sarkar
II. Political institutions and democratic consolidation
3. India's federal design and multicultural national construction /​ Jyotirindra Dasgupta
4. Center-state relations /​ James Manor
5. Making local government work: local elites, panchayati raj and governance in India /​ Subrata K. Mitra
6. Redoing the constitutional design: from an interventionist to a regulatory state /​ Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph
7. The dialectics of Hindu nationalism /​ Amrita Basu
III. Social demands and democratic deepening
8. The struggle for equality: caste in Indian politics /​ Myron Weiner
9. Sharing the spoils: group equity, development, and democracy /​ Pranab Bardhan
10. Social movement politics in India: institutions, interests, and identities /​ Mary Katzenstein, Smitu Kothari and Uday Mehta.

"How has democracy taken root in India in the face of a low-income economy, poverty, illiteracy and ethnic diversity? Atul Kohli brings together leading scholars of Indian politics to explore this intriguing anomaly. Themes addressed include politics, ethnicity, federalism, caste, poverty, and Hindu nationalism. This is a tightly conceived volume on an important and controversial topic, which will be as useful in the classroom as it will be for professionals and general readers. It is a book for anyone who wants to learn more about the world's largest democracy."--BOOK JACKET.

9788175961074 (pbk.) Rs250.00 8175961074 (pbk.)

Central-local government relations--India.

India--Politics and government--20th century.

320.954 SUC / 000148
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