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An informed attempt to understand the development of democratic polity in India.


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.


List of Contributors; Introduction: DEMOCRATIC POLITICS IN INDIA: CONCEPTS, CHALLENGES AND DEBATES; RECONSTRUCTING DEMOCRATIC CONCERNS IN INDIA; ARE WE READY FOR DEMOCRACY? A FEW OBSERVATIONS; DEMOCRACY AND POVERTY IN INDIA; DEMOCRACY AND FEDERALISM IN INDIA; INDIA’S COALITION FUTURE?; HOW DEMOCRATIC IS OUR PARLIAMENT?; DEMOCRACY’S JANUS FACE; THE NATURE OF THE OPPOSITION IN INDIA’S PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY; RESTYLING DEMOCRACY?; THE POOR WORKING WOMEN; HOW IS DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH ASIA?

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INDIAN DEMOCRACY PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS
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INDIAN DEMOCRACY
PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS
Edited by Sharmila Mitra Deb and M Manisha
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CONTENTS
List of Contributors
Introduction DEMOCRATIC POLITICS IN INDIA: CONCEPTS, CHALLENGES AND DEBATES M Manisha
RECONSTRUCTING DEMOCRATIC CONCERNS IN INDIA Rajarama Tolpady
ARE WE READY FOR DEMOCRACY? A FEW OBSERVATIONS Gautam Kumar Basu
DEMOCRACY AND POVERTY IN INDIA Yogendra Yadav
DEMOCRACY AND FEDERALISM IN INDIA: TWO EPISODES AND A SET OF QUESTIONS Peter Ronald deSouza
INDIA’S COALITION FUTURE? Rakhahari Chatterji
HOW DEMOCRATIC IS OUR PARLIAMENT? ELITE REPRESENTATION AND FUNCTIONAL EFFICIENCY OF LOK SABHA M Manisha
DEMOCRACY’S JANUS FACE: A REVIEW OF ELECTIONS IN POST-INDEPENDENCE INDIA* Samir Kumar Das
THE NATURE OF THE OPPOSITION IN INDIA’S PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY Sanjukta Banerji Bhattacharya
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RESTYLING DEMOCRACY? MAINSTREAM MEDIA AND PUBLIC SPACE VIS-À-VIS INDIAN TELEVISION Dipankar Sinha
THE POOR WORKING WOMEN: THE ACHILLES HEEL OF INDIAN DEMOCRACY – A PROFILE OF THE MAIDSERVANT FROM THE BUSTEES OF KOLKATA Sreeparna Das Gupta
HOW IS DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH ASIA? A COMPARISON OF THE ELITE AND THE MASS ATTITUDES K C Suri
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LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
Dipankar Sinha, Reader, Department of Political Science, Calcutta University. Gautam Kumar Basu, Professor, Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University. K C Suri, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad. MManisha, Former Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Loreto College, Kolkata. Peter Ronald deSouza,Co-coordinator, Lokniti, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi. Rajarama Tolpady, Reader, in Political Science, Mangalore University. Rakhahari Chatterji, Professor, Department of Political Science, Calcutta University. Samir Kumar Das, Professor, Department of Political Science, Calcutta University. Sanjukta Banerji Bhattacharya, Professor, Department of International Relations, Jadavpur University. Sreeparna Dasgupta,Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Loreto College, Kolkata. Yogendra Yadav,Coordinator, Lokniti, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.
PREFACE
Indian Democracy: Problems and Prospectsis the culmination of a UGC sponsored national seminar on ‘The Changing Face of Indian Democracy: Regionalism and Coalition Governments’, organized by the Department of Political Science, Loreto College, Kolkata in September 2006. The papers presented and published here reflect an attempt to trace and analyse the changing nature of Indian democracy in the last 60 years. The contributions of eminent academicians will no doubt enrich the ongoing discourse on Indian democracy. I am grateful to all those who presented papers at the seminar and consented to the publication of the same. Appreciation is also due to the faculty and students of the Department of Political Science for making possible this valuable publication. I sincerely hope that this book will contribute towards a deeper understanding of this evolutionary phenomenon in Indian politics.
Sr. Tina Farias, Principal, Loreto College, Kolkata, July 2008.