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The Politics of India Since Independence
The Politics of India Since Independence

The Politics of India Since Independence

by Paul R Brass

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Language

English

Publisher

Cambridge University press

ISBN

0521543053 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 404

Binding

Paperback

Paul R Brass

Author: Paul R Brass
Publisher: Cambridge University press
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 404
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0521543053

Description

The first edition of The Politics of India since Independence argued that the Indian state, society, and economy were in the midst of a systematic crisis produced by the centralizing drives of a national leadership determined to transform the country into a modern, industrialized, military strong state. In the three yeas since this edition was published, this crisis has intensified, revealing itself in secessionist movements and in increased inter caste conflicts.

The country has witnessed the rise of Hindu nationalism and the worst communal massacres since Independence following the destruction of the mosque in Ayodhya. The issue before the country now is whether or not it can find within its won traditions and moral material resources leadership to restore a political and communal balance in state and society.

REVIEWS

This is the most significant book for understanding India in the 1900s.
-Judith Brown, History

Paul Brass is a distinguished political scientist who has done some pathbreaking work on India.
-Maurice Zinkin, International Relations

Contents

LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES

PREFACE

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

INTRODUCTION
Continuities and discontinuities between pre and post-Independence India

PART I: POLITICAL CHANGE

INTRODUCTION
Political change, political structure, and the functioning of government
Parties and politics
State and local politics

PART II: PLURALISM AND NATIONAL INTEGRATION

INTRODUCTION
Language problems
Crises of national unity: Punjab, the northeast, and Kashmir
Communal and caste conflict: secularism, Hindu nationalism, and the Indian state

PART III: POLITICAL ECONOMY

INTRODUCTION
Politics, economic development, and social change
Political aspects of agricultural change
Conclusion: problems and prospects.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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