The Politics of India Since Independence
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.
Introduction continuities and discontinuities between pre and postIndependence India
Political change political structure and the functioning of government
Parties and politics
State and local politics
PLURALISM AND NATIONAL INTEGRATION
Crises of national unity Punjab the northeast and Kashmir
agrarian agricultural AIADMK Akali Andhra areas Asian Assam Assamese Ayodhya backward castes Bihar Bodo caste groups Center central government chief minister coalition communal Communist conflicts Constitution cultural Delhi demands district dominant electoral elite factional farmers forces goals Government of India Green Revolution Gujarat Haryana Hindi Hindu nationalism ideology increased Independence India Today Indian National Congress Indian politics industrial institutions issues Jammu Janata party Karnataka Kashmir Kerala land leaders leadership legislative assembly elections linguistic Lok Sabha Maharashtra major ment militant minority mobilization mother tongue movement Muslim nationalist Nehru non-Congress north India official language organization parliamentary peasant percent planning policies political parties population post-Independence poverty Pradesh Prime Minister programs Punjab Rajiv Gandhi regional reservations role rural Scheduled Castes secessionist sector Sikh social speakers strategy struggle Tamil Nadu tion tribal urban Urdu V. P. Singh violence vote West Bengal
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