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Essays on Modernism, Democracy and Well-being

Essays on Modernism, Democracy and Well-being
A Gandhian Perspective

First Edition
  • Ramashray Roy - Former Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi
  • Ravi Ranjan - Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi

April 2016 | 324 pages | SAGE India

A tour de force in understanding the failure of democracy in providing human well-being.

Has democracy ended human suffering, a task that the political system set out for itself? Or is democracy incompatible with modernity and, therefore, fails to achieve human well-being? If so, are we left with any option? The book asks these acutely political questions and states emphatically that democracy has failed to ensure the well-being of humanity as a whole. Further, it tries to answer this by exploring the Gandhian alternative to modernism and democracy in contemporary times. In the words of the authors themselves, ‘We are aware that in a world divided into a number of ideological camps, the way out suggested in this book will invite ridicule and accusation of orthodoxy. However, the truth has to be told, no matter what the reaction'.

Transformation of Order: Two Examples
Modernism and Democracy: Twin Props of the Autonomous Self
Democracy: The Case of Moral Deficit
Democracy: Myth and Reality
Fault Line of Democracy
Making Sense of Social Justice
The Elusive Search for Community
Back to the Roots
Philosophical Background of Gandhi’s Thinking
Gandhi’s Critique of Democracy
Local Democracy: Jefferson and Gandhi
Sarvata: Modern Man in Search of Wholeness

An elusive search for true democracy in the vision of the Rig Veda… the crux of the book under review can be summed up as follows- “Democratic government is, in fact, of the people; it is however, not run by the people, nor does it usually work for the people.

Frontline, 11 November, 2016

Ramashray Roy

Ramashray Roy, an eminent political scientist, earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1965. One of the founding members of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, he functioned as its Director from 1976 to 1982. Professor Roy was also associated with the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, as its Director. Among many academic achievements credited to his name, some include National Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, 1993–96, Senior Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi,... More About Author

Ravi Ranjan

Ravi Ranjan is a Political Science faculty at Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi. Till very recent, as a Fellow at Developing Countries Research Centre, University of Delhi, he has coordinated many research projects, supported by UGC, London School of Economics and Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. He is also a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Indian Council of Social Science (ICSSR, New Delhi), Commissioned State Level Studies on “Educational Status of Schedule Castes: Attainments & Challenges in Delhi.” He is an executive member of... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789351508113