- Subject index
‘This collection of essays by a number of scholars from India and Europe addresses economic, political and social issues of great contemporary significance. The most attractive feature of the volume is the comparative and inter-disciplinary approach which gives it its distinctive orientation. Munshi and Abraham have held diverse but important themes together in an exemplary manner’
- Andre Beteille, Chairman, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata
‘This is an outstanding book on an issue easier talked about than acted upon. The editors have brought together in this rich volume a wide variety of essays which focus on India and Europe and clarify that it is necessary to contextualise good governance. The comparative perspective has the additional advantage of extending the analysis beyond the realm of the ...
Chapter 7: India: From Developmental to Predator State
India: From Developmental to Predator State
The Indian republic is facing a political and constitutional crisis that is as sudden as it is confusing. With terrifying suddenness, the central government of the country has lost the power to govern. Intellectuals and media persons thrashing around for an explanation have, one and all, blamed individuals for New Delhi's malaise. At present the finger of blame is being pointed at Prime Minister Vajpayee, at Home Minister Advani, at Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, at the contradictions within the Sangh Parivar and the tension between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Most of the finger pointers have forgotten that in 1997 they were levelling exactly the same charges at ...