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An Indian Political Life

An Indian Political Life
Charan Singh and Congress Politics, 1957 to 1967

  • Paul R. Brass - Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science and International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
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© 2012 | 508 pages | SAGE India
This volume traces the course of development of Charan Singh's discontent in the Congress, which aided by the antagonism on the part of Nehru and his daughter towards him, and the decline of the Congress as the dominant party in Uttar Pradesh, led ultimately to his defection to form a new political party and, at last, to achieve his goal of becoming chief minister of UP.

Like the earlier volume, this book is based primarily on the author's personal relationship with Charan Singh during his political career and early access to his massive political files and the author's own personal interviews with politicians, other public persons, peasants, and others over 50 years, up to the present. It also provides an account of the chief ministership of Sucheta Kripalani—a political outsider catapulted to the top by the power struggles of fractious factions—and at the same time explores against the backdrop of regionalism in UP the considerable yet little-known role played by Charan Singh in issues of states reorganization for northern India.

This book is the second volume of a multi-volume work on The Politics of Northern India: 1937 to 1987.

Chronology of Principal Events in the Life of Charan Singh  
Regional Political Economy: Western and Eastern Districts  
Delhi Suba and Other Demands for the Reorganization of Uttar Pradesh (1946-Present)  
Big Industrialists and Big Dams: Agriculture vs. Industrial Development Before and After the Rihand Dam (1957-59)  
The Resignation Speech That "Never Came Off"  
Interval: Fall of the Sampurnanand Government (1959-62) and the First Government of C B Gupta (1960-63)  
The Fall of the First Government of C B Gupta (1963)  
Sucheta! (1962-65)  
Crisis and Sabotage: The State Employees' Agitation and the UP Government (1964-68)  
Groupism and Venality in the Congress (1963-66)  
The Forms of Corruption  
Disintegration of the Congress  
Appendix A: Day-by-day Account of the State Employees’ Strike in Uttar Pradesh: 14 July 1966 to 28 July 1967  
Appendix B: Brief Biographies of and Interviews with Persons Mentioned Prominently in Volume II  

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Paul R. Brass

Paul R Brass is Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has published numerous books and articles on comparative and South Asian politics, ethnic politics, and collective violence. His work has been based on extensive field research in India during numerous visits since 1961. He has been a University of Washington faculty member and Professor, Department of Political Science, and The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies since 1965. He received his BA in 1958, Government, Harvard College; his MA in 1959, Political Science, University of... More About Author

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ISBN: 9788132109471