In this lively collection of essays, Ashutosh Varshney analyses the deepening of Indian democracy since 1947 and the challenges this has created. The overview traces the forging and consolidation of India s improbable democracy. Other essays examine themes ranging from Hindu nationalism, caste politics and ethnic conflict to the north south economic divergence and politics of economic reforms. The...
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Penguin Global (March 19, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 870660
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I've been to India many times but have learned more from this excellent book than I ever knew. Every sentence is full of information. It is well researched, apparently unbiased (except toward democracy), and well written. We (people in a retirement c...
s original insights on several key questions: how federalism has handled linguistic diversity thus far, and why governance and regional underdevelopment will drive the formation of new states now; how coalition making induces ideological moderation in the politics of the BJP; how the political empowerment of the Dalits has not ensured their economic transformation; how the social revolution in the south led to its overtaking the north; and how the 1991economic reforms succeeded because they affected elite, not mass, politics.Lucid and erudite, Battles Half Won brilliantly portrays the successes and failures of India s experience in a new, comparative perspective, enriching our understanding of the idea of democracy.