Politics of India since Independence

ISBN-10: 0521459702
ISBN-13: 9780521459709
Edition: 2nd 1994 (Revised)
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List price: $50.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/8/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 428
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

The Politics of India since Independence provides a comprehensive study of the major political, cultural, and economic changes in India since gaining independence. Paul Brass focuses on the consequences of the centralising drives of the national leadership to create a strong, unified nation, and a dynamic economy, all of which have been put into jeopardy in recent years by increased inter-caste conflicts, the rise of militant Hindu nationalism, and the worst communal massacres since Independence. In the second edition of his book, the author takes account of recent events to ask whether the country can find the right leadership to restore a political and communal balance in state and society.

Crispin Bates is Professor of Modern and Contemporary South Asian History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and Director of the Centre for South Asiannbsp;Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has published extensively on tribal, peasant and labour history in India and the history of Indian overseas migration. Hisnbsp;publications include Subalterns and Raj: South Asia since 1600 (2007); (with Subho Basu) Rethinking Indian Political Institutions (2005), Beyond Representation:nbsp;Constructions of Identity in Colonial and Postcolonial India (2005), and (with Alpa Shah) Savage Attack: Tribal Insurgency in India (2014). Between 2006 and 2008, henbsp;was the Principal Investigator in a major Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded research project concerning the Indian Uprising, based at the Universitynbsp;of Edinburgh.Paul R Brass is Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has published numerous books andnbsp;articles on comparative and South Asian politics, ethnic politics, and collective violence. His work has been based on extensive field research in India duringnbsp;numerous visits since 1961.nbsp; He has been a University of Washington faculty member and Professor, Department of Political Science, and The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies sincenbsp;1965. He received his BA in 1958, Government, Harvard College; his MA in 1959, Political Science, University of Chicago; and his PhD in 1964, Political Science,nbsp;University of Chicago.nbsp; His teaching specializations include: comparative politics (South Asia), ethnicity and nationalism, as well as collective violence.nbsp; Prof. Brass has received Fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, 1994-95; Faculty Research Fellowships, American Institutenbsp;of Indian Studies: 1993, 1982- 83, 1973, 1966-76; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1972-73; Grants for Research on South Asia, American Council ofnbsp;Learned Societies and Social Science Research Council, 1966-67, 1973-74, 1977-78, 1982-83, amongst others.nbsp; In 2008, Brass received the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Emeritus Fellowship.nbsp; In 2012, Professor Brass was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship grant for the academic year 2012-13, which allowed him to carry out further researchnbsp;in India during his stay of nine months. During that period he was affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Developing societies, Delhi.

John F. Richards is Professor of History at Duke University. He is the author of The Mughal Empire (1993) and Mughal Administration in Golconda (1975) and the editor of Land, Property and the Environment (2001). He is coeditor of World Deforestation in the Twentieth Century (1988) and Global Deforestation and the Nineteenth-Century World Economy (1983).

List of figures and tables
Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction: continuities and discontinuities between pre- and post-Independence India
Political Change: Introduction
Political change, political structure and the functioning of government
Parties and politics
State and local politics
Pluralism and National Integration: Introduction
Language problems
Crises of national unity: Punjab, the northeast and Kashmir
Communal and caste conflict: secularism, Hindu nationalism and the Indian state
Political Economy: Introduction
Politics, economic development and social change
Political aspects of agricultural change
Conclusion: problems and prospects
Bibliography
Index

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