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Communal Angle in Indian Politics

Harish Sharma (Author)
Synopsis The seeds of communal disharmony sown by the British to perpetuate their rule over India caused not only the partition of the country in 1947 but also influenced the very functioning of the democratic process in independent India that remained, unlike Pakistan, multi-religious and pluri-cultural. While secularism was officially propagated, political parties played politics on communal lines. Focussing on the decade of the 1980s that witnessed rise of Islamic fundamentalism worldwide, this book attempts to profile the emerging political culture of communalism in India. Politics surrounding the Shah Bano case and the Ramjanmabhoomi Babri Masjid controversy provides the material to analyse the factors responsible for the growth of communalism and its interface with democracy. The book traces the growth of communalism and identifies major trends in communal politics. It documents the process of politicisation of masses along communal lines and analyses its impact on the political behaviour, particularly on electioneering and its outcome. Written by a political scientist this book is meant not only for scholars but also for those who are interested in Indian politics.
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About the author

Harish Sharma

Harish Sharma PhD, is Assistant Director at the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi.

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Title Communal Angle in Indian Politics
Author Harish Sharma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8170336376
length 203p.