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This book offers a comprehensive picture of how economic forces have emerged as being of central importance in India and the kind of economic growth that the Indian polity has been able to achieve within the framework of democratic politics. It proposes that the modern state is inextricably linked with two other factors of modern life: economic growth and democratic politics.

Economy, Democracy and the State: The Indian Experience explores the patterns of economic growth (both industrial and agricultural) and its impact on Indian democratic politics. It offers an insight into how the changing patterns of economic growth in the country have determined government policies and questions the extent to which the hopes and aspirations of the common man have been satisfied. This exploration of the ...

Ascendance of Economics
Ascendance of economics

The question of why the state has turned, in recent times, to exercising ever greater control over economic life and relations of the people is important. However, it cannot be satisfactorily answered without looking closely at the factors that have been responsible for the rise of what Mahatma Gandhi would unhesitatingly call a ‘demonic’ economy. It is not that the state has ever been an impartial, uninvolved onlooker of the working of the economic system. All through the ages, the state has, in fact, been playing a crucial role in keeping the economic system functioning well with a view either, negatively, to protecting people from severe economic troubles; or, positively, promoting their economic well-being. This role has, however been shifting ...

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