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Politics and the State in India

Politics and the State in India

First Edition
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

July 2000 | 384 pages | SAGE India
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
The Political Career of the State in Independent India

Sudipta Kaviraj
The Modern State in India
Partha Chatterjee
Development Planning and the Indian State
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
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


Zoya Hasan

Zoya Hasan is Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is the author and editor of eleven books and has published over two dozen articles. Her recent books include Quest for Power: Oppositional Movements and Post-Congress Politics in Uttar Pradesh; Unequal Citizens: A Study of Muslim Women In India(co-authored); Party Politics in India (edited), India’s Living Constitution: Ideas, Practices and Controversies (co-edited); Transforming India: Social Dynamics of Democracy (coedited); and In a Minority: Essays on Muslim Women in India (co-edited). She has also edited the third book in our ‘Readings in Indian... More About Author

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ISBN: 9780761993995