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Who Wants Democracy

Javeed Alam

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ISBN 10: 8125045511 / ISBN 13: 9788125045519
Published by Orient Longman, 2012
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Contents Preface. 1. Democracy and the people. 2. The vulnerable populations and democracy. 3. Identity formation among oppressed castes. 4. Muslims the joker in the democratic pack. 5. Democracy and its impact on citizenship. 6. Democracy and the making of the Indian nation. 7. Elite counter reaction and the turn to the right. 8. Civil society and democracy. 9. Conclusion. Epilogue. From the moment of its birth democracy in India was plagued by a deep anxiety. In 1947 Nehru saw the future as a time to redeem pledges a time to fulfil the hopes that had been aroused during the national struggle. But he was well aware that this was a difficult task. Reforms followed democratic institutions were set up and universal adult Franchise was established. But poverty illiteracy and poor health remained part of the post colonial landscape. Why then do the poor and the malnutrited return in every election to choose their representatives to form the government of their choice. Through an effort to answer this seeming Paradox Alam explores the working of democracy in India. Beneath the play of caste and communal politics and the threats of institutional collapse Alam sees democracy acquiring a firm basis within Indian society. He shows what the voting patterns tells us about the links between regional voices and national unity between the politics of community and the idea of citizenship between the commitments of the poor and the apathy of the rich. This is a tract that questions our common assumptions and forces us to re think our ideas about the life of Indian democracy. 143 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 53395

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Title: Who Wants Democracy

Publisher: Orient Longman

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:As New

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The internal structure of Indian democracy has seen rapid changes since the implementation of the Mandal Commission recommendations in 1989. Who Wants Democracy? Defines two important shifts in the polity. Even as the elite are increasingly stepping back from active participation, the less privileged classes are coming forward to engage vitally with democratic processes. Javeed Alam highlights how the poor return in every election to choose their representatives and what the voting patterns reveal about the links between regional voices and national unity, between the politics of community and the ideal of citizenship. This second edition includes a Prologue in which the author takes up certain theoretical issues. Discussing the democratic possibilities that modernity still offers, he says that the presence of critique within modern thought can enable people to deepen their understanding of the idea of freedom.

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Javeed Alam is former chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research.

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