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The Ministry of Home Affairs and Indian Democracy

Governance by Stealth: The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Making of the Indian State by Subrata K Mitra, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2021; pp xxv + 476, price not indicated.

Is Democracy and Decentralisation the Answer for Lakshadweep?

Tensions are simmering in the union territory of Lakshadweep over a series of anti-people regulations issued by the present administrator. While everyone in the island and their supporters in mainland have been protesting against the draconian proposals, no one is discussing about the role of the deficit in democracy and decentralisation in the islands that led to the present crisis. It is crystal clear that the controversial regulations brought by present administrator of Lakshadweep are not in the best interest of a democratic society.

Farmers' Protest: A Roadmap for the Opposition

The ongoing farmers’ movement in India is proving to be path-breaking in more ways than one. It has unambiguously challenged the political economy of the present Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh–Bharatiya Janata Party regime and has to a limited extent, broken the control of the RSS ecosystem on the political narrative of the country. It has also followed the path of earlier movements such as the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests, to present an antithesis to the ideological hegemony of the current ruling arrangement. Though this agitation has had its limitations like earlier protests, it has given hope to the strata of society opposed to the rechristening of Indian nationhood and political system.

Envisioning the India of 2047

The graduates of universities eventually fit, by and large, into social positions as solid citizens. This is in spite of the deep uneasiness some of them may continue to have with the society. Many of them continue to translate their disaffection into creative and intellectual expressions within the contours of the existing order. Even the most “radical” of our universities have, over the years, produced multiple times more teachers, researchers, professionals, civil servants, journalists and development workers than they have produced anarchists and revolutionaries.

Sovereignty, Territorial Integrity and Right of Self-Determination

Mere change of political status may not ensure a people's freedom to pursue their economic, social and cultural development. Would there still be the urge for self-determination if people are able to get this freedom? In many cases, democracy and federalism can satisfy the urge for self-determination better than secession and independence.

Prefiguring Postcolonial Democracies

Democracy in India e dited by Niraja Gopal Jayal; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2001; pp 571, Rs 750

Assessing Indian Democracy

The Success of India’s Democracy edited by Atul Kohli; Princeton University Press, 2001; pp xiv + 298, Rs 695.

State and Society in India: Porous Boundary

The Everyday State and Society in Modern India edited by C J Fuller and Veronique Benei, Social Science Press, New Delhi, 2000; pp xi + 220, Rs 465.

Towards a Secular Democracy

 Towards a Secular Democracy The Ideal of India: Secular Democracy with Development by Ranjit Sau; K P Bagchi and Company, Kolkata, 2001; pp 176, Rs 380

A Subsidised Notion of Democracy

The Success of India’s Democracy edited by Atul Kohli; Cambridge University Press, 2001; pp XIII + 298, Rs 695

Seventeen Blind (Wo)Men and an Elusive Elephant

Contemporary India – Transitions, Peter Ronald deSouza (ed); Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2000; pp 388, Rs 475.
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