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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Transforming India by Sumantra Bose. A nation of 1. Drawing on his extensive fieldwork and experience of Indian politics, Sumantra Bose tells the story of democracy's evolution in India since the s--and describes the many challenges it faces in the early twenty-first cen A nation of 1.
Drawing on his extensive fieldwork and experience of Indian politics, Sumantra Bose tells the story of democracy's evolution in India since the s--and describes the many challenges it faces in the early twenty-first century. Over the past two decades, India has changed from a country dominated by a single nationwide party into a robust multiparty and federal union, as regional parties and leaders have risen and flourished in many of India's twenty-eight states.
The regionalization of the nation's political landscape has decentralized power, given communities a distinct voice, and deepened India's democracy, Bose finds, but the new era has also brought fresh dilemmas. The dynamism of India's democracy derives from the active participation of the people--the demos.
But as Bose makes clear, its transformation into a polity of, by, and for the people depends on tackling great problems of poverty, inequality, and oppression.
This tension helps explain why Maoist revolutionaries wage war on the republic, and why people in the Kashmir Valley feel they are not full citizens. As India dramatically emerges on the global stage, Transforming India: Challenges to the World's Largest Democracy provides invaluable analysis of its complexity and distinctiveness. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published September 9th by Harvard University Press.
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Rating details. Sort order. Jan 18, Cain S. An informative electoral history of post-independence India, the book offers a readable account of the emergence of large and small political parties active today. By honing in on the changing vote shares in consecutive elections since Bose shows the progressive dominance of regional parties at the expense of national parties represents the ever growing importance of regional issues in national political discourse and policy making.
Rife with numbers representing minute changes in voter sen An informative electoral history of post-independence India, the book offers a readable account of the emergence of large and small political parties active today. Rife with numbers representing minute changes in voter sentiment over the election terms, the book is sluggish in parts without being proportionately informative; a shorter book is contained inside this moderately long one.
Anyone looking for a tour of the salient issues, and major developments, behind the emergence of regional and national parties occupying the post Indian political landscape could do worse than read this book.
Mar 02, Umesh Kesavan rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , politics. An important book which charts the growth of Indian democracy. The author argues effectively on why regionalisation of politics is the way to go. At a time when Narendra Modi is being projected as a National leader,the author feels that the time when we had leaders with nationwide appeal is passe.
The chapter on Kashmir provides no fresh insights while the chapter on Maoism is a useful guide for students. A complaint : Instead of analysing West Bengal's politics,Tamilnadu's could have been discu An important book which charts the growth of Indian democracy. A complaint : Instead of analysing West Bengal's politics,Tamilnadu's could have been discussed since the latter is a more apt example for the theme of regionalisation.
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Sumantra Bose. Harvard University Press. September Find this book:. The multifaceted nature of Indian politics provides a challenge to those who want to address the breadth of experience across the divergent States and the dynamic nature of social, economic, and electoral change. Sumantra Bose tackles this challenge by taking a dual approach, first offering a broad narrative of democratic development, then using a selection of case studies to explore in more detail some of the areas and events which confront democratic sustainability.