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Politics and the State in India
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Politics and the State in India

Edited by:
  • Zoya Hasan - Professor Emerita, Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Distinguished Professor, Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India


November 2015 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Examining the processes of state formation and consolidation, and the erosion of the post-colonial state, this book highlights three themes: the constraints of modernization; the contradictory logic of modernization vis-a-vis assertive political identities; and the politics of the governed and the battle for equal status at the level of the state. It sees the present crisis of the Indian state as a direct result of the post-colonial state's inability to grapple with the social and multicultural realities of the Indian polity, thus making way for various religious, caste and regional frictions to surface.
Zoya Hasan
Introduction
The Political Career of the State in Independent India

 
 
PART ONE: STATE BUILDING
Sudipta Kaviraj
The Modern State in India
Partha Chatterjee
Development Planning and the Indian State
 
PART TWO: STRUCTURES OF DOMINANCE
Achin Vanaik
A Marxist Approach to Understanding the Indian State
Prabhat Patnaik
The State in India's Economic Development
Pranab Bardhan
The Political Economy of Reform in India
Rajni Kothari
The Decline of the Moderate State
Atul Kohli
Centralization and Powerlessness
India's Democracy in a Comparative Perspective

 
Francine Frankel
Decline of a Social Order
 
PART THREE: STATE PROCESSES
D.L. Sheth
Changing Terms of Elite Discourse
The Case of Reservation for 'Other Backward Classes'

 
Zoya Hasan
Gender Politics, Legal Reform and the Muslim Community in India
Jan Breman
'I am the Government Labour Officer...'
State Protection for the Rural Proletariat of South Gujarat

 
Akhil Gupta
Blurred Boundaries
The Discourse of Corruption, the Culture of Politics and the Imagined State

 

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