Paper $36.00 ISBN: 9780745338927 Published April 2019 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Indian Democracy

Origins, Trajectories, Contestations

Edited by Alf Gunvald Nilsen, Kenneth Bo Nielsen, and Anand Vaidya

Indian Democracy

Edited by Alf Gunvald Nilsen, Kenneth Bo Nielsen, and Anand Vaidya

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Paper $36.00 ISBN: 9780745338927 Published April 2019 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745338934 Published April 2019 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
More than seventy years after its founding, with Narendra Modi’s authoritarian Hindu nationalists in government, is the dream of Indian democracy still alive and well?

India’s pluralism has always posed a formidable challenge to its democracy, with many believing that a clash of identities based on region, language, caste, religion, ethnicity, and tribe would bring about its demise. With the meteoric rise to power of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the nation’s solidity is once again called into question: is Modi’s Hindu majoritarianism an anti-democratic attempt to transform India into a monolithic Hindu nation from which minorities and dissidents are forcibly excluded?

With examinations of the way that class and caste power shaped the making of India’s postcolonial democracy, the role of feminism, the media, and the public sphere in sustaining and challenging democracy, this book interrogates the contradictions at the heart of the Indian democratic project, examining its origins, trajectories, and contestations.
Review Quotes
Anand Teltumbde, author of Republic of Caste
“Indian democracy is a veritable riddle with its constitution promising the moon to people but its state denying them even the basic right to voice their miseries. The present saffron regime, its vilest product, has uncovered all of its smokescreens. This book will certainly provoke readers who still see nothing wrong with the system.” 
 
Shehla Rashid, Activist
“If we want to know what's wrong with our present, we must know what's wrong with our past. This book offers insight into both. A three-dimensional view of India.” 
 
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