The Politics of India since Independence provides a concise but comprehensive analytical study of the major political, cultural, and economic changes and crises in India during the past forty-five years. The organizing focus is on the consequences of the centralizing drives and tendencies of the national leadership of the country to create a strong state, a unified nation, and a dynamic economy, all of which have been placed in serious doubt in recent years.
Table of Contents
List of figures and tables; Preface; List of abbreviations;
1. Introduction: continuities and discontinuities between pre- and post-Independence India;
Part I. Political Change: Introduction;
2. Political change, political structure and the functioning of government;
3. Parties and politics;
4. State and local politics;
Part II. Pluralism and National Integration: Introduction;
5. Language problems;
6. Crises of national unity: Punjab, the northeast and Kashmir;
7. Communal and caste conflict: secularism, Hindu nationalism and the Indian state;
Part III. Political Economy: Introduction;
8. Politics, economic development and social change;
9. Political aspects of agricultural change;
10. Conclusion: problems and prospects; Bibliography; Index.