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The promise of India's secular democracy

Author: Rajeev Bhargava
Publisher: New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This collection of essays is the most admirable analysis of the trajectory of secularism in post-independence India, from the project of the founding fathers to the challenges posed by Hindu nationalism and the hope for rejuvenation. At the crossroads of history, philosophy, and political sociology, it deals with issues which are not relevant in India only, but topical in most of [the] societies where
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rajeev Bhargava
ISBN: 9780198060444 0198060440
OCLC Number: 562787408
Description: xxv, 346 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Envisioning India --
2. A failing vision --
3. Speculative and conceptual explanations --
4. Fear and hope.
Responsibility: Rajeev Bhargava.
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Written over the last two decades, these essays answers important questions on secularism. Some of the topics covered are the democratic vision of the new republic of India, the evolution and  Read more...

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