ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Authoritarianism and Democracy-First Anniversary of New Regime

First Anniversary of New Regime Pranab Bardhan A year ago the miscalculations of an ill-informed dictator and the good common sense of the mass electorate resulted in the unexpected restoration of political democracy. Not so unexpected has been the short-lived nature of the subsequent euphoria. Compared to the proverbial timelessness of India, things have been happening rather fast on the political scene and not all the dramatic twists and turns fall in line with some of our pre-conceived theorising about the polity. The present article is both an analysis of the past and a prognosis : it analyses the political and economic factors that led to the crisis whose most explicit manifestation was the Emergency; and it foresees that given the Indian reality, political demo- cracy, even if it survives is likely to be highly unstable.

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