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Contemporary India by Praveen Priyadarshi, Neera Chandhoke

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Catalysts of Social Change: Adult Franchise and Education

Ravi Nandan Singh

INTRODUCTION

In this chapter, attempts have been made to understand Indian democracy as an institution that is continually challenged and reshaped by various constituent institutions like caste, family, tribe, religion, education, bureaucracy, market and the electoral process. The individual social actor and his/her activity would, therefore, be seen with and within these institutional practices and not distinct from these institutions. One may refer to this as a socio-anthropological elaboration of democracy because the perspectives developed here use the conceptual trajectories of the discipline of social anthropology. Keeping the positive limits of the themes of ...

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