Divided By Democracy

By: Aitzaz Ahsan and Meghnad Desai

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The second book in the Cross-border Talks series examines why India is a democracy while Pakistan is not. Meghnad Desai identifies the revolutionary decision of the Constituent Assembly to adopt universal adult franchise as the key to the survival of democracy in India. The overwhelming desire of the leaders of the independence movement, many of whom were educated in England, was for a Westminster-style democracy. The adoption of this model led to demands for inclusion from lower and backward castes and Dalits, and today Indian democracy is a heady and vigorous mix of ethnic and immigrant groups, class cleavages as well as rural/urban and North/South divisions. Aitzaz Ahsan argues that at Partition, while India had a strong middle class and political structure and a subordinated civil and military bureaucracy, in Pakistan it was the opposite. It inherited a strong feudal class, an insignificant bourgeoisie and an entrenched civil and military bureaucracy. These vested interests have never relinquished their control over the country, and have in the process choked the spirit of democracy there. Printed Pages: 144.

Title: Divided By Democracy

Author Name: Aitzaz Ahsan and Meghnad Desai

Categories: Political Science,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Roli Books: 2005

ISBN: 8174364250

ISBN 13: 9788174364258

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 8.5 x 5.5 Inches

Seller ID: 012380

Keywords: Democracy