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 interrelation between democracy and economy yields a better understanding of the nature and working of the Indian democracy.

This book will be an informative resource for scholars and students of political science and political economy. It will also hold the interest of general readers concerned with the economic and political developments in the country.

Energizing the Countryside

Energizing the countryside

It is true that the more than 5,00,000 villages in India have been touched, some very deeply and others only slightly and superficially so, by the strong wind of change blowing over the variegated landscape of India for a long time now. The wind of change has been impelling them to break clear of their traditional moorings and find new, decidedly better moorings. As we have already seen, the substantive connotation of the term ‘better’ is not the one that has been traditionally interpreted and underlined, but what has contemporarily conceived and put into practice, not what M. K. Gandhi visualized and advocated but what Jawaharlal Nehru envisioned and acted upon. Since Independence, the race to reach the state signified ...

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