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Indian Political System, 4e

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  • ISBN13:9789352866434
  • ISBN10:9352866436
  • Publisher:Pearson Education
  • Language:English
  • Author:Himanshu Roy and M P. Singh
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Pages:752
  • SUPC: SDL054922417

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Indian Political System 4/e, dabbles with the post-colonial political system in India which is premised on two major reconciliations between democracy and capitalism, on one hand, and parliamentarianism and federalism, on the other. These are the results of complexities and diversities of India’s culture and social structure as also the ideological consensus forged during the nationalist movement and after independence.

In the past seventy years, both capitalism and democracy have expanded and deepened in the inner-most regions ringing in modernities among the citizens. The social movements, the electoral process, the market, the institutions and the governmentality have been instrumental in such development. It has resulted into change in social structure, party system, federal relations, and in government policies towards education, health, agriculture, industries, etc.

In a nutshell, the book deals with the social-institutional structure, political process, governmental policies, and emerging social-political trends.

About the Author

Mahendra Prasad Singh retired as a Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science and Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi. He has also served as Director at the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi. He is presently the editor of the Indian Journal of Public Administration, IIPA, New Delhi.

Himanshu Roy is Associate Professor of Political Science, DDU College, University of Delhi. He was Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti, New Delhi.


• The book has been divided into four sections namely, Colonial Backdrop; Structure; Process; and Policy. Each section is enhanced by individual essays detailing the history and its gradual process to being a fast-paced economic country.

• This book contains an analysis of the different political structures and processes over a span of centuries, which has helped shape India into the country that it is today.

• It provides the reader a comprehensive outline of the political structures and the people who shaped the policies with their intellect to help govern the country.

• Lastly, it also talks about the future scope and hope for this enigmatic country.

Table Content

1. The Colonial State

2. Colonial Economy

3. Constituent Assembly and its Vision of the Future

4. Constitutional Amendment and Socio-Political Implications

5. The Nature of the State

6. Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State Policy

7. The Parliament

8. Federalism: Constitution and Dynamics

9. Federalism: Elite and Nationalities

10. The Judiciary: Supreme Court

11. The Union Executive

12. Governor: Powers and Position

13. Bureaucracy and Development

14. Ombudsman in India

15. Electoral Commission and Electoral Process

16. The National Party System

17. State Party Systems

18. State Politics in India

19. Panchayati Raj

20. Peasantry and Peasant Movements

21. Trade Union Movements

22. Women’s Movement in India: Issues and Perspective

23. Communalism

24. Secularism: The Search for a Theory

25. Regionalism

26. Social Structure and Democratic Process: Perspectives, Problems, and Trends

27. Agrarian Policies and Their Impact

28. Industrial Policy

29. Political Economy of Employment Planning

30. Science and Technology Policy

31. Terrorism, Public Order, and Human Rights

32. Environment: A Matter of Survival

33. Emerging Trends in India’s Foreign Policy: Challenges and Prospects by

34. Reservation Policy in India

35. Education in India

36. Policy and Planning for Health Services

37. India Since 1947

38. Micro-Movements and Future of Politics

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