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Thinking about Democracy, Identity Politics and Development in India

RAJEN HARSHE

Unlike in several developing countries, democracy as a form of government has come to stay in India. The relative success of the democratic experiment in India appears all the more conspicuous when set against the varying authoritarian forms of governance pursued by India’s immediate neighbours. Democracy, both in the form of an idea and in its institutionalized form, has evolved over the past six decades, and has gathered firm roots in India (Jayal 2002; Khilnani 1993; Mehta 2003). Although British colonial rule and some of its practices exposed India to modern forms of representative democratic institutions, the roots of democracy have also been traced to ...

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