The Politics of India since Independence

The Politics of India since Independence

by Paul Richard Brass


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The Politics of India since Independence by Paul Richard Brass

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521266130
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/23/1990
Series: The New Cambridge History of India Series
Pages: 371
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.30(d)

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.

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