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The book deals with the issues of democracy and development in major South Asian countries. In a comprehensive manner, it draws attention to various aspects like ethnicity, multiculturalism, authoritarianism, economic reforms, trade, armed rebellion, democracy movements, and federal pressures.
While examining the many facets of democracy and development in the region, the various contributors to the volume capture: the discontent in the political sphere within each country; how states navigate a maze of ethnic claims, multicultural compulsions, and separatist insurgencies; and; the region's optimism in economic reforms for development, peace-building processes for security, and democratization.
Chapter 1: Multicultural Identity and Democracy in India
Multicultural Identity and Democracy in India
My purpose in this chapter is to discuss the nature of the twin-born phenomenon of nationalism and democracy in India. Both are axial values of Indian modernity. Despite partaking in the universal phenomenon of nationalism, its Indian version has some distinctively national and mixed (Western) genealogies. Despite its horrendous undemocratic potentialities, Indian nationalism is, in my understanding, by and large, a democratic phenomenon. My argument is that civic Indian nationalism and federal democratic constitutionalism are not only historically constitutive of each other, but also mutually sustaining in their contemporary complex dynamics. Indian civic nationalism, in my understanding, is predicated on the all-inclusive imagined Indian national community, accommodating multicultural cleavages cohabiting within the territorial ...