The Politics of India Since Independence

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 8, 1994 - History - 403 pages
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The Politics of India since Independence provides a comprehensive study of the major political, cultural, and economic changes in India since gaining independence. Paul Brass focuses on the consequences of the centralising drives of the national leadership to create a strong, unified nation, and a dynamic economy, all of which have been put into jeopardy in recent years by increased inter-caste conflicts, the rise of militant Hindu nationalism, and the worst communal massacres since Independence. In the second edition of his book, the author takes account of recent events to ask whether the country can find the right leadership to restore a political and communal balance in state and society.
  

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Contents

Introduction continuities and discontinuities between pre and postIndependence India
1
Introduction
31
Political change political structure and the functioning of government
35
Parties and politics
67
State and local politics
116
PLURALISM AND NATIONAL INTEGRATION
149
Introduction
151
Language problems
157
Communal and caste conflict secularism Hindu nationalism and the Indian state
228
POLITICAL ECONOMY
267
Introduction
269
Politics economic development and social change
273
Political aspects of agricultural change
303
Conclusion problems and prospects
336
Bibliography
368
Index
387

Crises of national unity Punjab the northeast and Kashmir
192

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