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Companion to Indian Democracy
Resilience, Fragility, Ambivalence

ISBN 9781032113487
Published November 12, 2021 by Routledge India
332 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book presents a comprehensive overview of the contemporary experiences of democracy in India. It explores the modes by which democracy as an idea, and as a practice, is interpreted, enforced, and lived in India’s current political climate.

The book employs ‘case studies’ as a methodological vantage point to evolve an innovative conceptual framework for the study of democracy in India. The chapters unpack a diverse range of themes such as democracy and Dalits; agriculture, new sociality and communal violence in rural areas; changing nature of political communication in India; role of anti-nuclear movements in democracies; issues of subaltern citizen’s voice, impaired governance and the development paradigm; free speech and segregation in the public sphere; and, the surveillance state and Indian democracy. These thematic explorations are arranged in an engaging sequence to offer a multifaceted narrative of Indian democracy especially in relation to the recent debates on citizenship and constitutionalism.

A key critical intervention on contemporary politics in South Asia, this book will be essential reading for scholars and researchers of political studies, political science, political sociology, comparative government and politics, sociology, social anthropology, public administration, public policy, and South Asia studies. It will also be of immense interest to policymakers, journalists, think tanks, bureaucrats, and organizations working in the area.

Table of Contents


Peter Ronald deSouza, Mohd Sanjeer Alam and Hilal Ahmed


1. Democracy, Dalits and Struggle for Common Land in Punjab

Jatinder Singh

2. Agrarian Transformation, Emergence of New Sociality and Communal Violence in Rural Western Uttar Pradesh.

Satendra Kumar

3. Electoral campaign as a performative plebiscite: Mapping the changing nature of political communication in India

Radhika Kumar

4. The Role of Anti-Nuclear Movements in Deepening the Meaning and Practices of Democracy.

Deepa Mariam Varughese

5. People, Protected Areas and Political Parties: A Study of Two Protest Movements in Odisha

Sthitapragyan Ray and Neha Ojha

6. Democratisation of Communities through Rural Local Governance

G. Palanithurai

7. Regional Movements in Democracy: The Case of Telangana

Gaurav J. Pathania

8. From Land Reform to Guaranteeing Title to Land (Secure Property Rights) in India: Implications for Democracy

Pradeep Nayak

9. From Jan Sunwai to Social Audit: Trust, Contention, and ‘Workable Democracy

Gitika De

10. Democracy (practice) in Question? Subaltern Citizen’s-Voice, Impaired Governance and Development Paradigm

Satyajeet Nanda

11. Election Campaign in Mizoram

Ayangbam Shyamkishor

12. Making Sense of Democracy: Musahars of Eastern Uttar Pradesh

Shilp Shikha Singh

13. Political Mobilisation of Muslims in Kerala: Towards a Communitarian Becoming of Democracy

KM Thahir Jamal

14. Conceiving Scientific Expertise Democratically: A Study of Western Ghats Ecological Controversy

Nitin Jacob Thomas

15. Free Speech, Democracy and the “Hidden Persuaders”: Segregation in the Public Sphere

Sukumar Muralidharan

16. Regulatory Reforms in Electricity Sector: Systemic Change or Sabotage?

Kalpana Dixit

17. In Pursuit of Personal Data: A Survey on State’s Surveillance and Democracy in India

P. Arun

18. Contemporary Moment in Indian Democracy

Hilal Ahmed

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Peter Ronald deSouza, formerly Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, is D.D. Kosambi Visiting Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies at Goa University, India.

Mohd. Sanjeer Alam is Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India.

Hilal Ahmed is Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India.