Author: Arvind N DasPublisher: ManoharYear: 2005Language: EnglishPages: 270ISBN/UPC (if available): 8173040818
The future of India has been the subject of several pressing questions in the recent past particularly after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the country’s embarking on an adventurist globalisation-liberalisation programme. What constitutes India? And will it hold together?Today the strains on India are showing. Over-centralisation, communal conflict, caste rivalries, linguistic and ethnic assertions-have all taken a toll of the ideals on which modern India is premised.This book addresses itself to the problem of conceptualizing and understanding India. It concludes that what constitutes India is republicanism and if practice has subverted the ideal, it is perhaps time to devise another method of actualizing the vision. What we may be witnessing is the messy birth of India’s second republic and the re-invention of a nation in the image of its common people.
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITIONPREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITIONINTRODUCTION-Ethnicity: A Look into the Indian KaleidoscopePROLOGUE: India Invented, Disinvented and Re-inventedConcepts and CategoriesSome Theoretical Considerations on ClassClass and ClassificationClass Composition and Class ActionVillagers in the city: Workers in the VillageCategories into ConceptsTribe in India: From Ethnicity to ClassReligion: Nationalism and Constitutional OrderHarijans into Dalit- From Caste to classThe Tower of Babel: Misunderstandings in Many LanguagesNational Integration in a Fragmented SocietyInconclusive Conclusions: some Theoretical and Practical ConsiderationsEpilogue: Another Republic for IndiaREFERENCESINDEX