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Globalization and the Politics of Identity in India by Ronki Ram, Ashutosh Kumar, Bhupinder Brar

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Democracy Beyond Frontiers: Indian Democracy in the Age of Globalization

SAMIR K. DAS

The success of actually existing democracies, we are told, depends on the twin pillars of democratic political institutions and a viable and vibrant civil society. While much has been said about democratic institutions and institutional practices and their limits and inadequacies in a country like India, this essay proposes to turn our focus away from the institutional axis, to concentrate instead on the civil society, and to draw out its implications for the functioning of Indian democracy. Given the limits within which democratic institutions function in India, civil society is being increasingly looked upon as the last bastion that democracy can possibly ...

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