Democracy and the Crisis of Inequality in India
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Formerly Professor of Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
This book analyses how from the early 1990s politics in India began to undergo a fundamental transformation. Ethnic politics occupied centre stage, often prompting violent conflict and major political changes. Some of the essays focus on changes relating to representation, redistribution, social justice, secularism and the changing nature of the State in the wake of economic liberalization and globalization. Key issues discussed are: the policies of group differentiated rights; caste-class politics; regional assertions; women’s rights and minority politics and their impact on the pursuit of equality. Political change and the debates surrounding these categories and concerns, thus, provide a context for understanding the conflicts and tensions – between party politics and democracy, state and society, and democracy and development – that have shaped the transformation of the economy, polity, and society in India in the last few decades.
‘Zoya Hasan’s Democracy and the Crisis of Inequality is an academic tour de force which guides the reader through three eventful decades of Indian politics between the early 1980s and 2012. With democracy and identity as their twin foci, the twenty-five essays, grouped into five sections, analyse aspects of the major events of this period such as the end of the hegemonic role of the Congress Party, liberalisation of India’s economy, major changes in the legal regimes affecting identity, and welfare.’
Subrata K. Mitra, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies