Indian Democracy: Problems and Prospects

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M Manisha, Sharmila Mitra Deb
Anthem Press, Jul 1, 2009 - History - 254 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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Chapter 1 Reconstructing Democratic Concerns in India by Rajarma Tolpady
Chapter 2 Are We Ready for Democracy? A Few Observations by Gautam Kumar Basu
Chapter 3 Democracy and Poverty in India by Yogendra Yadav
Chapter 4 Democracy and Federalism in India Two Episodes and a Set of Questions by Peter Ronald deSouza
Chapter 5 Indias Coalition Future? By Rakhahari Chatterji
Chapter 6 How Democratic is our Parliament? Elite Representation and Functional Efficiency of Lok Sabha by M Manisha
Chapter 7 Democracys Janus Face A Review of Elections in PostIndependence India by Samir Kumar Das
Chapter 8 The Nature of the Opposition in Indias Parliamentary Democracy by Sanjukta Banerji Bhattacharya
Chapter 9 Restyling Democracy? Mainstream Media and Public Space visavis Indian Television by Dipankar Sinha
Chapter 10 The Poor Working Women The Achilles Heel of Indian Democracy A Profile on the Maidservant from the Bustees of Kolkata by Sreepa...
Chapter 11 How is Democracy in South Asia? A Comparison of the Elite and the Mass Attitudes by K C Suri

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M Manisha and Sharmila Mitra Deb are Senior Lecturers in the Department of Political Science, Loreto College, Kolkata.

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