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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.

India: A Failed Democratic Developmental State?
India: A failed democratic developmental state?

Observers of developmental studies have called India a democratic developmental state, which has adopted a different strategy of overall development as compared to the East Asian developmental states. After an evaluation of the different phases of Indian development, this chapter attempts to find the answer to the question: Why has India been regarded partly successful as a democracy and largely a failure as a developmental state. After a comparative study of developmental states of East Asia and India, it tries to look into the future prospects of India's success as a democratic developmental state.

The Indian Model of a Democratic Developmental State

Although the term developmental state, with an accent on the Japanese economic miracle, has ...

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