What is the political role of the Indian citizen today? What are his/her options, commitments and requirements within Indian civil society and its public sphere? What difference does it make if a person makes use of his/her democratic citizenship in a more active or passive way? Who is allowed to participate actively and who is denied access to democratic rights? What impact does civil society have on the Indian state today? Is there a predominant culture, and in which way does this predominance affect its responsibilities?
While these questions have long been discussed both within India and abroad, the contributors to this volume seek to provide new points of view and enrich the ongoing debate.
PART ONE: CIVIL SOCIETY, PUBLIC SPHERE AND CITIZENSHIP
Civil Society and Citizenship in Western Democracies
Forms of Civility and Publicness in Pre-British India
Subject's Citizenship Dream
Notes towards a Conception of the Colonial Public
PART TWO: CITIZENSHIP, ART AND THE MODERN PUBLIC SPHERE
An Imperfect Public
The State, Civil Society and Public Sphere
Thinking through Hindi
Genesis or Validation
PART THREE: CITIZENSHIP IN INDEPENDENT INDIA
Citizenship and the Indian Constitution
Civil Society and Its `Underground'
Citizenship in Exile
B S Chimni
Outside the Bounds of Citizenship
An Emerging Civil Society
Exploring the Mythology of the Public Sphere
A Look at Theory
Women and the Breakdown of the Public Sphere
D L Sheth
Nation-Building and the Making of Civil Society