Indian Democracy: Problems and Prospects

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M. Manisha, Sharmila Mitra Deb
Anthem Press, 2009 - History - 222 pages
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The twentieth century has witnessed a tremendous reinforcement of the concept of democracy. In a period of about one hundred years, the virtues of democracy have been greatly extolled and the world has witnessed a process of democratization. In the sixty years since its inception, Indian democracy too has developed indigenous roots and is emerging as a unique example of parliamentary democracy. The important question today is not the survival of Indian democracy, but the nature of India's democratic politics.

The present volume is an attempt to understand the development of democratic polity in India. It covers a wide range of issues - theoretical concepts, political institutions, federalism, electoral process, individual and group rights and mass media - drawing attention to the significant broadening of Indian democracy. But the benefits of political democracy are yet to reach the masses - political institutions are dominated by the elite, civil society has been politicized and the interventionist state has become an arm of the elite. The solution to these problems lies in further democratization of the political process.

 

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Contents

RECONSTRUCTING DEMOCMTIC
1
ARE WE READY FOR DEMOCRACY?
20
DEMOCMCY AND POVERTY IN INDIA
26
7 INDIAS COALITION FUTURE?
51
HOW DEMOCMTIC IS OUR PARLIAMENT?
66
A REVIEW OF
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THE NATURE OF THE OPPOSITION
107
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About the author (2009)

M Manisha is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Loreto College, Kolkata. She has been involved in the study of Indian democracy and her research work deals with the working of parliamentary democracy in India, with special reference to the working of representative institutions in India. She has made several presentations in national and international seminars and has many publications to her credit.

 

Sharmila Mitra Deb is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Loreto College, Kolkata. She was the Head of the Department of Political Science, 2002–07. She has taught topics as varied as Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Public Administration and Indian Government and Politics. Presently, she is involved in both teaching and research on Indian democracy.   

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