Indian Democracy And Constitution
Democracy And The Law
The system of democracy which we look to for protecting our fundamental rights has failed. Over 8 million people use the law every year to acquire information from the government, according to Roy. Roy focused her talk on struggles within India, but she noted that the problems of demagoguery are also applicable to other countries, such as Hungary and even the United States. According to Roy, the first step demagogues take is to centralize power. India is a vital case in this regard, on account of both its size and its democratic longevity. The comingling of religion and politics is hardly a new development on the Indian subcontinent.
Although this careful balance was largely preserved in the early years after independence, it did not take long for this blurry line to be crossed. Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who formerly served as the chief minister of the state of Gujarat for more than a dozen years, the BJP trounced the incumbent Congress Party, which had governed India for much of Indian political history since independence. Building on its historic performance, the BJP has since methodically expanded its footprint across large swathes of India, snatching political territory away from the Congress Party and many of its regional opponents.
As the political affiliate of the Sangh Parivar, the family of Hindu nationalist organizations led by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh RSS , the BJP was widely expected to implement pro-Hindu policies under the tutelage of its ideological affiliates. Download PDF. This compilation is the product of the hard work and scholarship of several individuals. Tellis—for their comments on previous versions of the essays published here.
Ryan DeVries provided meticulous editorial assistance on this project, improving both the substance of the report in addition to sharpening the prose. The editor Vaishnav thanks Jocelyn Soly for graphic design support and Jamie Hintson for his editorial and research help. He would also like to acknowledge Samuel Brase and Rachel Osnos for their help with various aspects of this project.
This compilation was made possible through a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The editor is especially grateful to Toby Volkman, director of policy initiatives at the Luce Foundation, for her support.
India's Democratic Constitution
Follow the conversation— Sign up to receive email updates when comments are posted to this article. Good analysis.
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Ultimately the fate of BJP or any other party will depend on its ability to create jobs. India missed the boat on labor intensive industries and does little innovation to generate jobs of the future. This needs changing for it to compete globally. Fascinating read so far.
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Will wait for the PDF version in the next few days. Couldn't help but notice minor typo in Chapter 4 in the last section: Unfinished sentence ending "politics by dividing What is the basis of this "Hindu Nationalism"?
When was the term "Hindu Nationalism" become prominent? In an interview Modi had answered that "Yes I am an Hindu and Yes I am a Nationalist so you can call me a Hindu Nationalist" This statement was twisted and turned by the leftist and so called neutral journalist that they created a bogey and fear for Hindu Nationalist as its some kind of communal ideology. Hindu Nationalist are same as any Indian Nationalist who have and take pride in their Civilizational ethos and culture which is based on Sanathan Dharma.
It accepts and respects all faiths and beliefs and is not narrow minded or communal.
But some people keep twisting it for their own agendas and spreading Hinduphobia. Those who keep harping about Islamophobia and saying not to create fear psychosis on the basis of religion are the ones spreading Hinduphobia when it comes to India and Hindus. What has Hindu fundamentalists demanded and done? They want the restoration of their old and sacred temples destroyed by the Islamic Invaders and want to re-write the History books written by leftist and Marxist during Indira Gandhi rule which whitewash the killings, genocides destruction of thousands of temples and libraries by the the Islamic Invaders and then the Colonial rule of the Britishers and portray them as someone who brought civilization and order to India as if there was no civilization before them.
The Indian civilization is and ancient one older than both the Islamic and the Christian now called as the Western Civilization. This destruction and damage by both to our Civilization for thousands of years is willfully neglected or belittled.
They also promote peaceful and non-violent means of boosting public morale, spreading messages of justice, inspiring bystanders, and offering a chance of civic participation usually confined to the simple act of voting once in a while during elections. These social movements and manifestos offer a renewed imagination of democracy, wellbeing and development in India. They signal that even as the ruling regime contorts the truth, buys off the media, uses law and order as an instrument to benefit the rich, the emerging movements can and will resist the trends towards authoritarianism and fascism, and establish alternative ideas of being and living, expand inter-connections amongst struggles around the world, and show that resistance can and will be fertile!
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