Author: Mahendra Prasad Singh
Publisher: National Book Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788123761879
Federations, as compound political systems, are, by their nature, complex, But perhaps the most complex of them all is the Indian Union encompassing its vast range of linguistic, religious and social diversity.
It is a fascinating subject of study, and this volume provides a comprehensive introduction to the operation and evolution of Indian federalism. It provides us with a clear exposition o the historical roots, external influences, constitutional structure and ethnic and social diversity that have shaped the creation and evolution of the Indian federal system.
The federal structure in India is unique in the sense that it operates more on vertical - centre-state- plane than on horizontal sate-state plane making it a centralized federative polity. This book attempts to introduce and analyze the federal structure as enunciated in Indian Constitution from the theoretical as well as practical perspectives and how it has been bale to put in place and evolve mechanism to meet the various and varied aspirations of different regions, communities, and classes.
Written in largely non-technical language, the major strength of the book is that, besides the historical perspective, it discusses critical issues like constitutional division of powers, Union-State administrative relations etc. and how they have provided positive framework for the changing patterns of successful parliamentary democracy in a multi-cultural India beset with problems like overpopulation illiteracy and economic backwardness.
Publisher’s Note iii
Emergence of Indian History
Origin of Vedas
Contents of Vedas
Devatas (Deities) in Vedas
Concept of Brahman in Vedas
Vedas about Atman (Soul of Self)
Compilation and Division of Vedas
Age of Kalpa Sutras (800 B.C. to 300 A.D.)
Itihasas – The Epics
The Vital Characters of Mahabharata
The Spread of Indian Culture Beyond It’s Western Borders
Asoka – The Great
Emperors of Gupta Dynasty
Ancient Sangam Age of Tamilnadu
Tamil Epic Silappadhikaram
The Epic Silappadhikaram
The Nayanmars (Saivite Saints of Tamilnadu)
The Alwars (Vaishnavite Saints of Tamilnadu)
The Temples of Pallavas
Ancient India’s Overseas Contacts
Sciences in Ancient India
Ancient Indian Architecture
Ancient Indian Universities
Emergence of Muslim Rule in India
Establishment of Muslim Rule in India
Fall of Muslim Rule and Rise of British Power
Heroes and Patriots of India
Exponents of Vedanta Systems of Philosophy
Saint-Poets of India
Philosophers and Religious Leaders of India
Minstrel Saints of India
The Religio-reformative Movements in India During the 19th Century A.D.