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Indian Democracy

Indian Democracy
Contradictions and Reconciliations

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January 2020 | 380 pages | SAGE India

Indian Democracy: Contradictions and Reconciliations provides a vivid presentation of major facets of democracy in India. It aims to explore how Indian democracy has functioned, with reference to its theoretical foundations, institutional mechanisms and procedures, and political practices.

The book starts with a close analysis of the Constitution of India, which provides the theoretical validation for democratic politics and serves as a reflective and regulative ideal. It highlights the way adherence to democratic principles and nurturing of strong institutions have helped India negotiate and often reconcile contradictions such as caste inequalities, linguistic and ethnic identities,  majority–minority divide, gender bias and divergences in the conception of democracy itself. Furthermore, the book delineates significant improvements in the maintenance of accurate electoral registers, enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct and use of electronic voting machines, considerable reductions in violence and intimidation in the recent decades, which have together contributed to strengthening the Indian voter’s confidence in democratic processes. This edited book will prove indispensable for all those who are interested in a close understanding of democracy in India.

Arvind Sivaramakrishnan and Sudarsan Padmanabhan
Part I: Democratic Principles and Their Applications in India
Sudarsan Padmanabhan
Democracy as Antinomy: Procedural versus Substantive
N.L. Rajah
Electoral Issues and the Constitution of India
S.Y. Quraishi
Voter Education: Importance and Impact
Arvind Sivaramakrishnan and Chris Terry
Proportional Representation
Part II: Political Processes
N. Gopalaswami
The Election Commission of India and General Elections
M.G. Devasahayam
India’s Democracy: Lost and Regained
Jagdeep Chhokar
Reforming Politics and Elections through Legal Changes
Trilochan Sastry
Voters and Good Governance
Part III: The Practice of Democracy
Wendy Singer
Representing Women: Voting Rights and Women Legislators
R. Azhagarasan
Democracy as Emancipatory Politics
Josephine Anthony and Sudarsan Padmanabhan
Gender Equity in Education among Muslims in India
A.V. Balasubramanian
Organic Agriculture and India’s Food Security
Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy
India’s New Intellectual Property Policy: Passive Sovereignty
Arappor Iyakkam
The Practice of Democracy: Chennai Floods, 2015

Arvind Sivaramakrishnan

Arvind Sivaramakrishnan is a former Visiting Professor and currently a member of the Guest Faculty, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. From 2008 to 2014, he was the Senior Deputy Editor on The Hindu, writing editorials, specialist articles, and book reviews on international politics, public policy, and political theory; he combined his duties with teaching and research as an Associate Professor at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. He took his degree, a postgraduate diploma in social administration, and doctorate as well as a professional teaching qualification at the... More About Author

Sudarsan Padmanabhan

Sudarsan Padmanabhan is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. He specializes in social and political philosophy, Indian philosophy and culture, and his research focus is on the confluence of law, democracy, and ethics in the public sphere. Sudarsan is the Co-coordinator of an Erasmus+ grant, funded by the European Union (EU) and coordinated by Aarhus University, Denmark. Sudarsan was also the Co-coordinator of Interdisciplinary Bridges for Indo-European Studies (IBIES), a consortium of 19 EU and Indian Higher Education institutions funded by Erasmus... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353289805